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Mission Statement

To provide quality, tertiary technical and vocational education and training, using innovative outcomes-based approaches, within a supportive and student-centered environment.

Vision Statement

A premier technical tertiary institution, producing a highly competent workforce for national development and global competitiveness.

Key To Success

We don’t just give students an education and experiences that set them up for success in a career. We help them succeed in their career—to discover a field they’re passionate about and dare to lead it.


The Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) was established in 1970 with the assistance of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Jamaica. The institute was established to address the following aims:

-To train instructors to deliver vocational education in the private and public sectors.

-To retrain and upgrade the skills of workers for employment and production.

-To prepare, develop and document industrial vocational training syllabuses, standards, manuals and literature for the use of the public and private sectors.

-To train and certify students and workmen at all levels and grades.

It was established in response to the growth in the bauxite industry. Workers were needed in this industry and they lacked the necessary training. Skilled craftsmen with no teacher training qualifications were recruited. The VTDI provided pedagogical training and helped to strengthen their technical competence. It was initially operated by a team of international experts with Jamaican counterparts.

Since 1990, the VTDI has been managed by the Human Employment and Resource Training National Training Agency (HEART Trust/NTA) and has been described as the tertiary arm of the agency. The agency was established in 1982 and is funded by 3% of the employer’s wage bill. Today, the institute has expanded its original mandate of solely providing a diploma in technical and vocational education and training, by offering programmes to the postgraduate diploma level. The Competency Based Education and Training approach (CBET) is employed when designing, delivering and assessing programmes. It is central to the teaching/learning experience provided at the institution.

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