Officials of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will be on the island from Monday, November 16, to Saturday, November 21, to assess the progress of the Government of Barbados/IDB Skills for the Future programme being executed by the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation.

A key objective of the administrative mission is to review the status of various components of the loan, particularly the status of the Competency-Based Training Fund (CBTF) and the possibility of a fourth cycle of partnership training.

The team, led by Education Lead Specialist, Dr. Sabine Reible-Aubourg and officials of the Ministry, will visit, interact and follow up with several winning partnerships which would have gained funding from the CBTF since 2014.

Among these are partnerships formed with the Barbados Port Authority, the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, Williams Industries, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, Nature Care and The Productivity Council.

There will also be the signing of an administrative agreement between the Government of Barbados and the IDB for grant funding, provided by the United States Agency for International Development, for the A Ganar Program to sponsor three additional schools.

Additionally, meetings will be held with the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, the Barbados Statistical Service, the Caribbean Examinations Council and the Caribbean Development Bank.

IDB officials are also expected to participate in two graduation ceremonies to be hosted at the Hilton Barbados Resort, Needhams Point, St. Michael. These are the CBTF???s graduation on Wednesday, November 18, and A Ganar???s on Saturday, November 21.

The Skills For The Future Program, which was signed by the Government of Barbados in 2012, is funded by the IDB under a US $20 million loan agreement.

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