HRD Strategy To Equip Barbadians With New Skills

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Barbados??? Human Resource Development Strategy has been hailed as the blueprint to equip Barbadians with skills and competencies to advance the key emerging sectors identified in the Medium-Term Growth Strategy.

Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, made this observation recently while addressing the opening ceremony for the Human Resource Development Strategy (HRD) in the Bridgetown Conference Room, Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael.

She said the vision of the Strategy was to develop an efficient well-coordinated, effective, knowledge-led and demand-driven human resource development system that was responsive to global conditions and Barbadian aspirations.

???In pursuing its mission to develop, national, institutional and individual capacity, the programme will harmonise efforts at human resource development through key ministries, educational agencies, educational training institutions and the private sector, to ensure that the potential of all Barbadians can be realised?????? Senator Byer Suckoo added.

The Labour Minister noted that the HRD Strategy was designed to provide solid and basic education, while at the same time promoting lifelong learning as the foundation for every individual???s personal and professional development.

???The overall objective of the Strategy is to establish a private-public partnership to deliver a seamless human resource development framework, which buttresses the efforts of the Government of Barbados to increase competitiveness, promote sustainable growth and facilitate poverty alleviation. Specifically, the outcome will be to improve employability and overall productivity of Barbadians,???she underlined.

The HRD Strategy will be implemented through five pillars of strategic intervention namely: the creation of an enabling environment for human resource development through institutional strengthening and capacity building; the development of an internationally-recognised national qualifications framework and the development of demand-driven professional development and training services.

It will also focus on the rationalisation of knowledge management systems and improved information access; and the enhancement of research to improve innovation entrepreneurship and development capacity.

julie.carrington@barbados.gov.bb

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