A total of 810 persons are expected to benefit over the next two years from training and certification as part a joint initiative of the Government of Barbados and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The IDB-funded training project, which involves partnerships between seven local training institutions a number of leading businesses and associations, is to be supported to the tune of $3.6 million.
The Guardian General Insurance and BIMAP, Barbados Port Inc and Caribbean Maritime Institute, Intimate Hotels of Barbados and Career Development Institute, West Toonz Inc and BIMAP, AC Manufacturing and Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, Barbados Youth Development Trust and CILC Action Coach and Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association and the Potter Centre are the partnerships that will receive funding.
They will benefit multiple economic sectors, including hospitality, creative and manufacturing.
Successful implementation of these proposals will result in the development of ten new occupational standards which will be added to the purview of the Technical and Vocational Educational and Training Council (TVET).
Announcement of the Competency Based Training Fund (CBTF) awardees was made at the Christ Church office of the IDB this evening in the presence of Minister of Education Ronald Jones and Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo.
In delivering remarks, Joel Branski, the IDB’s representative for Barbados, noted that last year the Bank approved loan resources of US$20 million for the Skills for the Future Programme with a significant component of this project being the Training Fund. He said the loan was followed up with over US$600,000 in grant resources for the Skills For The Future Project, which is being used to assist education authorities in Barbados with issues such as teacher training, international assessments and the collection of data on education.
“The Bank is extremely pleased at the efforts of the Government to incorporate the needs of the private sector throughout the various components of the Skills For The Future programme,” Branski said.
Byer-Suckoo said today’s event was especially important to the TVET Council and the achievement of its mandate to coordinate and promote a competence-based system as it focused on promoting workforce training. She said new standards would be established throughout the exercise.
“It is expected that by the conclusion of the Skills For The Future Programme, the Competency Based Training Fund would have contributed to the development of a demand driven education and training system that produces workers who are trained, skilled and certified as competent in their respective occupations.
“The development of the appropriate skills and competencies is indeed important to a country like Barbados which proudly boasts of its human capital as its main resource.
“The projects being implemented under the Skills For The Future Programme and by extension the Human Resource Development Strategy will assist the Government of Barbados in achieving its goal to increase competitiveness, promote sustainable growth and facilitate poverty alleviation,” Byer-Suckoo said.