CBTF’S IMPACT ON TRAINING RECOGNISED
A large number of Barbadians have received training as a result of partnerships formed to take advantage of funds granted by the Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF).
Providing a snapshot of the impact of the CBTF, Senator Byer said: “Overall, so far, more than BDS $3.6 million in funds have been disbursed to the employer and training provider partnerships, approved under cycles one and two of the project. Further, during the quarter ending March 2015, a total of 610 persons have been trained across those two cycles. Seventy-seven of these persons were employed outside of the existing partnerships; 498 persons were employed by the partnering firms; and a total of 35 unemployed persons were also trained during this period.
“More importantly, I want to stress that the approximately 3,600 individuals to be trained and who represent both current and prospective members of Barbados’ workforce will be gaining new knowledge and skills which will help to improve performance, productivity and competitiveness in the workplace, and ultimately this will redound to the benefit of Barbados’ economy.”
“To many, the image of the Ministry of Labour is that of industrial disputes and finding jobs – job placements – but a crucial role is the preparation and provision of a quality workforce. These 3,600 workers/persons to be trained in this programme are just a part of what we do,” she stressed.
Adding that occupational standards were being developed for these, she said: “It is therefore not surprising that the standards-based training and certification, which is being undertaken under the CBTF, includes a wide range of areas, such as stevedoring operations, industrial security operations, management, occupational safety and health, animation, textile and apparel manufacturing, amenity horticulture, customer service, television, video and film production, printing, health and wellness, furniture making as well as carpentry, plumbing, masonry and electrical installation.”
To this end, she gave the assurance that the TVET Council would continue to work feverishly to ensure that it could fully support the demands for occupational standards and curricula, required as a result of the CBTF partnerships. (JG/BGIS)