CBTF AWARDS $2.8 MILLION BDS TO WINNING PARTNERSHIPS
Six partnerships, formed to take advantage of the third and final disbursement of the over US $6 million grant fund offered by the Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF), under the Skills For the Future (SFTF) Programme, have been revealed.
Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer, in addressing the award ceremony at Sea Breeze Hotel, Maxwell, Christ Church, reminded those gathered that in November 2012 Barbados entered into an agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the implementation of the SFTF programme.
The Labour Minister expressed pleasure at the success of the SFTF Programme, and in particular the achievements of “the very small but effective and efficient team” of the Competency-Based Training Fund Management Unit (CMU).
She observed: “Through the tireless efforts of the CMU, the Technical Review and Selection committee, which reviewed and vetted the proposals, and the TVET Council, which had administrative oversight for the whole process, several milestones have been achieved.”
According to her, the second call for proposals yielded 39 proposals, and 12 partnerships were awarded an estimated BDS $7.5 million. This was expected to lead to over 2,000 workers being trained and certified, and nine new occupational standards developed.
“This third round of CBTF grant recipients represents a cross section of industries, including construction, manufacturing, retail, agriculture and hospitality. Over 800 workers are expected to be trained and certified and three new occupational standards developed,” Senator Byer stressed, as she highlighted the fact that overall, about 3,600 workers would be trained through the CBTF. (JG/BGIS)