The Vision

Overview of the Skills for the Future Program

The Skills for the Future (SFTF) Program was borne from the Government’s Human Resource Development Strategy with focus on improving the quality and relevance of secondary education and the effectiveness of technical and vocational education and training. Financed by the Inter-American Development Bank and by the Government of Barbados, this US$20,000,000 dollar program seeks to achieve three specific objectives:

  1. To support implementation of a National Qualifications Framework (NQF) that incorporates the National Vocational Qualification/Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (NVQ/CVQs) and the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC);
  2. To improve core skills (i.e. English/Mathematics) and life skills at the secondary level and in TVET institutions and;
  3. To support and improve the collation, analysis and reporting of labour market and education information vital for providing adequate feedback to secondary and post-secondary the education and training institutions.

About The Program
Key stakeholders believe that this goal can be best achieved through the successful execution of four (4) main components:

  • Component I: Support for an employer-driven training System
  • Component II: Improving the quality and relevance of secondary and post-secondary education
  • Component III: Institutional Strengthening
  • Component IV: Communication Campaign

Each component is designed to support the overriding goal of the program, which is to ensure that graduates from secondary and post-secondary institutions have the academic, technical and life skills needed to enter the labour market and /or continue further education and training

See the details of the components here.

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