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Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic - SJPP

The Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP), established in 1969, is the primary educational institution in Barbados offering hands-on technical education and tuition is free to all Barbadians.

The government-financed school, located on 11 acres at Wildey, St. Michael, offers part time and full time courses in a wide range of technical subjects, geared to fitting its students to the world of industry and business.

Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) On-campus courses range from:

Electrical engineering
Mechanical engineering

There are short-term courses - like the four-month computer maintenance programme - and longer options like the one-year electrical installation wiring, the two-year plumbing course or the three-year programme in motor vehicle engineering.

The SJPP works in collaboration with the Barbados Technical and Vocation Education and Training Council (TVET) to provide workers with the necessary training to meet the demands of a changing work environment.

Flexible schedules including day release and evening courses are used in these to upgrade existing workers to use new technology or to train and certify workers without previous formal training.

"We believe that lifelong learning and the provision of a labour force that is trained in technical and human skills is vital to the success of our economies," the institution declares in its literature.

When student intake started to outstrip the ability of the campus to physically handle the annual crush of applicants, the SJPP turned to on-line training, teaming up with Colorado-based Pearson e-College in the United States.

Today the SJPP offers Internet-based training in such areas as:

Child Care and Nursery Management
Small Business Management
Occupational Health
Safety and Welfare
Care of the Older Adult

Students leave with a variety of certificates or diplomas in the following basic areas of study.

AGRICULTURECertificate in Animal Husbandry1 year
Certificate in Crop Husbandry1 year
Diploma in Agriculture2 years
Landscaping & Horticulture1 year
AUTOMOTIVE and WELDINGAuto body Repairs2 years
Maritime Operations1 year
Motor Vehicle Engineering3 years
Small Engine Repairs1 year
Welding Engineering2 years
BUILDING* Boat Building2 years
Cabinet & Furniture Making2 years
Carpentry & Joinery2 years
Masonry2 years
Painting & Decorating1 year
Plumbing2 years
Shoemaking & Upholstery1 year
Tourism Craft1 year
BUSINESS STUDIESCertificate in Office Technology1 year
Certificate in Office Administration1 year
Certificate in Accounts Technology / Administration1 year
Diploma in Office Technology1 year
Diploma in Office Administration1 year
Diploma in Accounts Technology / Administration1 year
ELECTRICAL ENGINEERINGComputer Maintenance4 months
Electronics Servicing Technology2 years
Electrical Installation Wiring1 year
Electrical Installation Work2 years
Micro Computer Technology2 years
* Network Technologies2 years
Refrigeration & Air-conditioning2 years
GENERAL STUDIES* Architectural Drafting Technology2 years
* Civil & Structural Drafting Technology2 years
HUMAN ECOLOGYGeriatric Studies7 months
Catering1 year
* Cosmetology2 years
Esthetics1 year
Garment Making1 year
Home Economics2 years
MECHANICAL ENGINEERINGMechanical Maintenance2 years
Printing2 years

* These programmes are offered every two years.

Qualifications for SJPP courses vary:

Architectural Drafting TechnologyCXC General Technical Drawing, Mathematics and a Science subject at General level, grade one, two or three.
Diploma in Office Technology
Diploma in Office Administration
The Polytechnic Certificate in the specialty to be pursued. OR O level or equivalent passes in specific subjects including English, Mathematics or Business Calculations, Information Technology, Accounts, Text Production, Office Procedures, Principles of Business.

Electives to be completed by new participants on entry.

In addition to the above, O level Accounts Grade 2 or higher.
Diploma in Accounts Technology/AdministrationCXC Accounts Grade 2 plus 3 or more CXC or equivalent passes in specific subjects including English, Mathematics or Business Calculation, Information Technology, Text Production, Office Procedures, Principles of Business.
CateringThe Polytechnic Certificate in Home Economics or CXC Food and Nutrition at General level, grade one, two or three.
Civil and Structural Drafting TechnologyCXC General Technical Drawing, Mathematics and a Science subject at General level, grade one, two or three.


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