Despite the prolonged business and economic downturn, the Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity (BIMAP) has not seen a falloff in the number of enrollment applications for its courses.
Students were still showing high interest in the business educational institute, said Executive Director Dr Sonia Greenidge-Franklyn.
“Persons continue to seek to improve their education especially now that they know they have to retool themselves and they have to re-skill themselves, so persons are still actively seeking enrollment,” Dr Greenidge-Franklyn told reporters on the sidelines of BIMAP’s 46th Annual General Meeting at its Wildey, St Michael headquarters this morning.
Even as the country goes through an economic crisis, Barbadians were still finding the money to register for classes, she said.
“They have been able to find the money and sometimes it’s guided by legislation. For example, the recent Occupational Safety and Health Act has resulted in a number of persons coming to get training in Occupational Safety and Health because it’s a requirement now for their organizations, so their organizations have sent them for the training.
“So areas which are mandated by Government, we find that there is always an increase,” she added.
While some companies had been scaling back on sending employees to BIMAP for training, in recent times those numbers were picking back up, Dr Greenidge-Franklyn revealed.
Earlier, in delivering the featured address, Minister of International Business and Industry Ronald Toppin praised BIMAP for its role in the development of the creative industries.
The creative industries, which include professions in the areas of television, film, interactive media, animation, computer games, photo imaging and publishing, had the potential to be a major foreign exchange earner, the minister declared.
“The industry not only creates jobs but also generates a tax base and promotes a positive image of the country, making it more attractive for foreign investment,” Toppin said.
“Training in this area can improve skills which are essential for the development of a sustainable film industry. Training for specific jobs and up-skilling of the people involved in the field would enable people to sustain their livelihoods and create a sustainable industry.”
As one of the biggest sponsors of the Crop Over Festival, BIMAP offers winners of the major soca and calypso competitions the opportunity to study the course of their choice, Dr Greenidge-Franklyn also pointed out.
The Minister said while training and development in the banking and financial industry had not been robust, he noted that BIMAP now offered such courses.
“Due to the lack of readily available training opportunities, the banking and finance sector is often compelled to provide further study opportunities and to facilitate training through foreign consultants.
“To its credit, BIMAP has developed and now delivers a programme of study, leading to a certificate in management studies, with specialization in banking and finance,” Toppin said.