Another batch of successful partnerships will soon be awarded funding to the tune of $800,000 from the Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF).

The third round awardees will be announced at a cocktail reception, next Monday, June 29, at the Sea Breeze Hotel, Maxwell, Christ Church, from 4:00 p.m.

The event is being hosted by the CBTF Management Unit, the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council.

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Senator Harry Husbands, and Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer, are expected to address the event, along with a representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The CBTF is a Government of Barbados/IDB initiative established to better equip the Barbadian workforce with the skills and competencies needed to excel in the 21st century market place. A key component of the Skills For The Future programme, the CBTF is on track to disburse $13 million over a three-year period via three rounds of funding.

The Fund, which is managed by the TVET Council, aims to train and certify employed and unemployed people in competency-based areas. Furthermore, it aims to better align the supply of training with market demand.

Competency-Based Training is a learning system which considers learners??? competency in an occupational area based on their demonstrated mastery of skills, knowledge and attitudes. This is the key difference to traditional education, which relies on acquiring content-based knowledge alone.??The third round Call for Proposals opened on February 3 and closed on March 31.

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