The Government of Barbados is ensuring that its human resources are well equipped with the necessary educational and technical skills required for the 21st century. This will be achieved in part with the Skills for the Future Initiative of the Government of Barbados and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
The Initiative, which is facilitated with a US $20 million loan from the IDB, aims to improve the quality and relevance of secondary education and the effectiveness of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Barbados, while ensuring the island meets the demands of the labour market and the skills requirements for the 21st century.
As part of the Initiative, the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation will be hosting a TVET Conference on January 26–28 at the Hilton Barbados, Needhams Point, St. Michael. Billed under the theme: Skills for the Future: Build, Transform, Innovate, the conference is designed to showcase how competitiveness within the workforce and local industry can be achieved through TVET.
The two-day conference will feature a number of key local and international partners and experts who will speak on a wide range of topics, including the Competency Based Training Fund, which was recently established to facilitate funding of employer-driven competency-based training projects, Caribbean Pitfalls and Success and Challenges, Strategies for Enhancing the Relationship of the TVET Institutions with Industry and Community Colleges at the Forefront of Economic Development, among others.
Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ronald Jones will give the feature address and declare the conference open, while the opening ceremony will also include a keynote address from the Minister of Education of Panama, Her Excellency Lucy Molinar Mujer.
The Skills for the Future programme comprises four components, all of which integrate with the Government’s Human Resources Strategy for 2011-2016. These include better alignment of the supply of training with market demand, improvement of the quality of life skills and core competencies presented within secondary and vocational education, intuitional strengthening and improved data analysis and information systems within specific Ministries.