CARILEC is on a search for facilitators for its 2008 training programme. Current experience indicates that there is one presenter for any one course that CARILEC offers. The implications for unnecessary delays in implementation and an obvious frustration at departmental levels are understated. Having an increased pool of presenters both from within and outside the Caribbean is desirable, but more so, a predominance of
Cross Training /Joint Training
The topic of cross training has been on the training agenda as was observed at last year’s training meeting. CARILEC hopes to achieve that objective by sharing training facilities and technical expertise among utility companies. Jamaica Public Service Company, Trinidad & Tobago Electricity Commission and Barbados Light and Power have committed their support to this initiative in 2008. We are aware that these utilities are ahead in meeting their human capital requirements due to their stage of development in the industry. As such, we will avail ourselves of the advantage of the human, information and organizational capital within CARILEC. It means that the utilities can enjoy the differential advantage of team work, culture, leadership and alignment, thereby making our organization more integrated in meeting our training needs.
Adding value to CARILEC’s Training Through Programme Accreditation
CARILEC has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102; (703) 506-3275 (IACET.org) and has adopted IACET guidelines and criteria for its entire continuing professional and development programme. Continuing Education units (CEU’s) and Professional Development Hours (PDH) are awarded for training, conferences and seminars respectively. Therefore the following calculations are noteworthy:
One CEU=ten contact hours of training or professional development hours.
Formula for Calculating CEU’s for Web based training
There is a formula for calculating the CEUs issued to participants in training. To ensure consistency the Training Coordinator is responsible for calculating the continuing education units using the following formula. Training duration minus all breaks and interruptions = contact hours divided by 10 or contact minutes divided by 60 and divided by 10. However adjustments are made to the CEUs awarded if the number of contact time change due to longer break periods or unanticipated breaks. The number of contact hours is therefore recalculated.
Professional Development for Engineers through EMCI and ASME
The Secretariat has had dialogue with internationally recognized bodies to allow CARILEC”S engineers’ an avenue for professional growth. The success of this venture depends strongly on the engineers. They are therefore encouraged to become certified with the American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME) and Engineering Management Certification International (EMCI). Study support is available and registration fees are offered at discounted prices to CARILEC’s membership.
This year the Secretariat will organize and conduct a total of fifty-six courses.