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May 6 2019
IDB Visits CBTF Partnerhsips Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Dr. Romel Springer, and representatives from the Inter-American Development Bank visit CBTF partnerships with the Barbados Port Inc. and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology
May 6 2019
Closure of the Competency-based Training FundThe Competency-based Training Fund (CBTF) Management Unit (CMU) will close on Friday May 31, 2019.
Mar 15 2019
CBTF Funds State-of-the-Art Facilities at SJPIThe Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF) has assisted the SJPI in meeting the needs of industry and the demands of the labour market by providing funding to purchase stated-of-the-art equipment which will be utilized to train Barbadian workers.
Jan 17 2019
Barbadian Workers Trained in Industrial MechatronicsThe Barbados Community College and Roberts Manufacturing Company have partnered to provide competency-based training to Technicians, Engineers and Electricians in the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Industrial Mechatronics Level 3.
Dec 11 2018
CBTF Model Exported To Other CountriesThe Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF) dubbed the flagship of the Skills for the Future (SFTF) Program has been hailed as a success by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Nov 9 2018
6th International Conference on Higher EducationThe Competency Based Training Fund hosted a Panel Discussion at the 6th International Conference on Higher Education.
Sep 11 2018
IDB Superheroes of Development Award 2018The Barbados Skills for the Future Programme has been selected as one of the finalists of the Inter-American Development Bank’s Superheroes of Development Award 2018.
Aug 21 2018
CBTF Graduates Share Benefits of FundGraduates of the Competency Based Training Fund (CBTF) Share the Benefits of the Fund
Jul 31 2018
New Fibre Installation Training at SJPIThe telecommunications industry in Barbados witnessed a significant transformation from copper cabling to a new fibre cabling transmission system.
Jul 31 2018
Local Manufacturing Sector Being Repositioned Through AutomationThe manufacturing industry has become increasingly dependent on technology to improve precision and the consistency of machined products enabling faster and more cost effective production.
Jul 31 2018
A & B Music Supplies & SJPI Developing Local Sound EngineersIt is critical that national events be provided with high quality sound engineering and that this sound is delivered at international standards.
Jul 17 2018
Competency Based Training Fund's 3rd Graduation Ceremony 2018Competency Based Training Fund's 3rd Graduation Ceremony 2018
Sep 28 2017
IDB Director's Visit 2017A team of Directors from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) visited the partnership between the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB) and Greaves Furniture Ltd
Jun 22 2017
Competency Based Training Fund Featured as "Bright Spot"The Competency Based Training Fund (CBTF) was highlighted as a "Bright Spot" under the Caribbean Leadership Programme.
Jun 21 2017
TVET Vital To Workforce SurvivalIn today’s globally competitive environment, technical and vocational education and training continues to gain significant recognition in both developed and developing countries.
Jun 21 2017
HRD Strategy Milestone CeremonyThe HRD Strategy Milestone Ceremony took place on May 13, 2017 to highlight the achievements under the Strategy. The Competency Based Training Fund was highlighted under the theme “Competency-Based Education and Training" along with the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council.
Jun 21 2017
Third International Conference on TVET in the CaribbeanThe Third International Conference on TVET in the Caribbean took place during May 10th - 12th, 2017, in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The objective of this conference was to provide a platform for integrating regional and international policies on TVET, and to increase the awareness and deepen the understanding of the role of TVET in the sustainable development of Caribbean countries.
Jun 21 2017
Competency Based Training Fund Making an Impact Over 700 Barbadians have graduated from this year's Competency Based Training Fund (CBTF) Programme.
Jan 16 2017
CBTF Helping to Transform Industries in BarbadosBarbados is set to experience critical transformation in five new industries with the help of the Competency Based Training Fund (CBTF). The programme, which is an initiative of the Government of Barbados and funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will be funding training in five (5) new and exciting occupational areas that will result in the certifying of 175 Barbadians in Autotronics & Motor Vehicle Chassis and Engine Systems; Fibre Installation; Live Sound Engineering; Industrial Mechatronics; and Mechanical Manufacturing Engineering.
Jun 7 2016
Competency Based Training Fund Exceeding Expectations SOME 2 000 persons have already signed up for and received training to upgrade their skills and to be assessed and certified as competent in their occupational areas, within the 25 partnerships now participating within the Competency Based Training Fund.
Jun 7 2016
Competency-based training in Barbados: a silent revolution? The Competency Based Training Fund (CBTF) is an innovative scheme to finance employer-driven, competency-based training initiatives that respond to industry standards and lead to national and international certification of trainees.
Nov 18 2015
Agriculture partnership progressingA partnership between the St. George Farmers’ Marketing Co-op Society and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has been progressing well
Aug 23 2015
Raising standards for security guardsSecurity guards have an important job to do in protecting the people who work within their organisation, and licensing is one of the ways of ensuring that they do this.
Jul 28 2015
MAKING PROGRESS - CBTF results satisfyingA visiting team of officials from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have expressed satisfaction with the progress being made under the CBTF
Jul 28 2015
Training gives workers ‘wings’The training currently ongoing at the Barbados Port Inc. is in keeping with current global trends and producing competencies that will also give participants greater mobility in their job locally and abroad.
Jul 1 2015
Programme helping to retool workers for 21st centurySenator Dr. Esther Byer, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development is pleased with the success to date of the Skills for the Future Programme.
May 26 2015
More BHTA workers trained under Leadership 21ANOTHER 70-PLUS Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA) members are benefiting from an intense hospitality-focused training programme called Leadership 21.
May 10 2015
Training on safety and competence in constructionWithin the Barbadian construction sector there is a gap between what safety and health is in theory and the execution of the policies and procedures among line workers. With the funding through institutions such as the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council and the Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF), employers can now find relief in knowing that there are such entities willing to invest in such projects.
Feb 2 2015
CBTF Second Round Awardees AnnouncedTwelve more awardees were presented with certificates to receive grant funding from the Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF), during the official presentation ceremony on Monday at the Sea Breeze Hotel, Maxwell, Christ Church.
Feb 2 2015
CBTF Responsible for Several Successful ProjectsThe Competency Based Training Fund (CBTF) of the Skills for the Future initiative has given birth to several successful projects by different organisations in the various sectors.
Jan 29 2015
10 MINUTE MANAGER: Anderson LoweCompetency-based Training Fund Consultant Manager, Anderson Lowe, shares his thoughts and guiding philosophies.
Jan 27 2015
What is Competency-based education and training?With the promotion from the (TVET) Council and the Ministry of Labour, through the IDB, the public was given the necessary information, eroding the view that vocational qualifications were more associated with low skilled employees and not those who are educationally inclined.
Dec 11 2014
IDB pleased with implementation of CBTFEDUCATION LEAD SPECIALIST with the IDB, is pleased with the progress made thus far by Barbados to implement the Skills for the Future Programme.
Nov 5 2014
CBTF Cycle I projects receive $1.5 million injectionSeven training projects, designed to better equip 800 Barbadian workers with the skills and competencies they need to excel, are now underway.
Oct 2 2014
Competency-based training planting seeds of growth at garden centreNature Care, a leading garden centre and horticulture business, is one of several businesses in Barbados which has embraced competency-based training (CBT).
Oct 2 2014
Buoyant future for Bridgetown Port and employees through Competency-Based TrainingAs one of the winning partnerships in the first cycle of the Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF) the Bridgetown Port, in conjunction with the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI), has an ambitious vision to see its entire workforce benefit from competency-based training.
Sep 23 2014
Applicants to the Competency-Based Training Fund can now apply onlineEmployers and Training Providers seeking to make their businesses more competitive through the Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF) now have the opportunity to submit their proposals online.
Sep 17 2014
Applicants to $10 Million Competency-Based Training Fund Can Now Apply OnlineEmployers seeking to make their businesses more competitive through the Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF) now have the opportunity to submit their proposals online.
Aug 28 2014
Invest in Barbados via its PeopleRead media reports on the work of the CBTF
Aug 28 2014
Second Cycle of Grant Funding Read media reports on the work of the CBTF
Aug 28 2014
800 persons to be trained to the tune of $3.6MillionRead media reports on the work of the CBTF
Aug 5 2014
Positive response to Competency-Based Training FundThe Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF) Management Unit is pleased by the response of employers to the Fund so far to its Grant Funding Program.
Aug 5 2014
CBTF Aimed at Meeting Market NeedsThe Competency-based Training Fund (CBTF) will open its second call for proposals to access funds for training at the middle of next month.
Aug 5 2014
Animation can be Serious Business for BarbadosAnimation is no child’s play , actually the animation industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world and has the capability to generate employment and foreign exchange.
Jul 17 2014
Seven Partnerships receive Competency Based Training FundsSeven partnerships, are recipients of the first disbursement of the over $3 million grant funding.
Jul 17 2014
Great Response To CBTF’S First Call For FundsThere was overwhelming response to the first call for proposals by employers and training providers to the CBTF.
Jul 17 2014
Funding given to multiple sectors in BarbadosCompetency Based Training Fund’s Management Unit (CBTF) has awarded funding to the tune of 3.6 million.
Jul 17 2014
Over 800 Persons to benefit from Training. A total of 810 persons are expected to benefit over the next two years from training and certification as part of the CBTF.
Jun 12 2014
$13m up for GrabsClipping from the Barbados Today on Friday, May 30, 2014.
Apr 22 2014
Grasping Skills for the FutureClipping from the Barbados Today on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.
Apr 21 2014
10 Minute Manager: Passion for TrainingClipping from the Barbados Business Authority on Monday, April 21, 2014.
Apr 19 2014
$13m Fund for TrainingClipping from the Barbados Business Authority on Monday, April 21, 2014.
Apr 17 2014
Call for Proposals for $13 million Competency-Based Training Fund beginsClipping from the Barbados Advocate on Thursday, April 17, 2014.
Apr 15 2014
Manager Talks TVET on 'This Week with Carol Roberts'This Sunday April 13th at 3:00 pm and repeated Monday April 14th at 6:30 pm.
Apr 14 2014
Call for Proposals for $13 million Competency-Based Training Fund beginsThe first Call for Proposals inviting applications to a new $13 million training grant for employers and training providers has begun, following a series of information workshops for over 100 prospective applicants.
Apr 1 2014
Information Workshops Targeting Employers and Training ProvidersOver 100 employers and training providers to receive guidance on applying to million dollar training fund at workshops this week.
Mar 28 2014
Million Dollar Grant Accessible to Employers and Training ProvidersMillion dollar training grant now accessible to Barbadian employers and training providers.
Mar 18 2014