The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will conduct a Mission here from March 9 to 13 to assess the progress of work being undertaken under the GOB/IDB Skills For The Future Program, by the Ministry of Education, Science Technology and Innovation.

One of the key objectives of the Mission will be to review progress on the various components of the loan and the Annual Operating Plan for 2015, particularly the status of the Competency Based Training Fund (CBTF).

The team will seek to examine the third round of Call for Proposals, including an update on the winning partnerships from the previous rounds, the impact evaluation of the CBTF, as well as the communications campaign of the CBTF. Component I ??? Support for Employer Driven TVET and the communication campaign for the entire Skills For The Future Program will also be analysed.

On Monday, March 9, the IDB team, led by Education Lead Specialist, Dr. Sabine Reible-Aubourg, is expected to meet with officials from the Education Ministry, the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, and the Public Investment Unit of the Ministry of Finance.

There will also be a review of the School Report Card on Tuesday, March 10, as well as an examination of the Labour Market Information and the Continuous Labour Force Sample Survey.

Wednesday, March 11, will see the team touring St. George Secondary, Content, St. George, at 1:00 p.m. Meetings will also be held during the week with officials from the Caribbean Development Bank and USAID.

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

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