Private sector key to strategy
THE SUCCESS OF Government’s human resource development strategy relies heavily on the private sector.
This was emphasized by Minister of Labour Senator Dr Esther Byer Suckoo during the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council’s Employers’ Recognition Awards at the Accra Beach Hotel on Friday.
She said businesses had to advise Government of the education and training needs which they had identified.
“The successful implementation of the human resource development strategy cannot and will not be achieved unless there is the full involvement of the private sector.
“Government has secured funding for this project. This project is now at about 50 million euros (BDS$136m) . . . and we’ve created a governance structure to manage the project but we now need the knowledge and the advice of the private sector to inform us of the needs of industry,” she said.
The minister pointed out that the strategy would “allow for greater partnerships between public and private sector since it seeks to ensure that our educational and training system creates a cadre of Barbadians who are competent and creative and who possess a wide diversity of skills which can drive economic activity, especially in new areas”.
“The execution of this strategy will see some very tangible benefits.
In much the same way that the TVET employers recognition awards are expected to result in an increase in the quality and quantity of training delivered in the workplace, the human resource development strategy is expected to result in a better quality and wider range of education and training available to all level of students and trainees making them more employable and more relevant to the needs of our economy,” Byer Suckoo said.
The TVET Employers’ Recognition Awards were designed to reward companies that invested in training their staff.
Ten finalists were recognized yesterday including Courtyard by Marriott which emerged as the winner in the tourism and hospitality category and CGM Gallagher Insurance Brokers which topped the financial services category.
The Barbados Port Inc. was the best among retailers while Nature Care Barbados won in the agriculture category.
Two special awards were also presented. The Investment in Youth Development – Job Attachments prize went to the Barbados Port while the Spirit of TVET- Investment in Youth Development award went to Monnis Farms. (NB)