Durham College (DC) embarked on a global partnership in collaboration with the Government of Barbados Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (METI), and Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan).
The agreement is being facilitated through the Government of Barbados Skills for the Future Program – an initiative that aims to enhance the delivery of educational leadership and management under the umbrella of competency-based education and training (CBET). The program is comprised of four components including: support for an employer-driven training system, improving the quality and relevance of secondary and post-secondary education, institutional strengthening and a communication campaign.
Funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, its objective is to support the government’s human resource development strategy, with an emphasis on improving the quality and relevance of secondary education and the effectiveness of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
In November 2015, DC was chosen by METI and CICan to focus on the component of institutional strengthening. Customized training, mentoring and coaching will be used to enhance the leadership skills of TVET managers and support Barbadian leaders from METI, the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resources Development, the Barbados Vocational Training Board, Barbados Community College, Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic and 12 secondary schools, in understanding the value of leadership models that are focused on current best practices.
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