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Skills For Future Program


The Government of Barbados through the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation has been granted a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank for the overall management and support of the Skills for the Future Program. The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation invites qualified persons to fill the following positions.....

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Published: Tuesday, 11th March, 2014

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Make-Up Artistry - One Way To Increase Your Income


The Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB) recently staged a make-up soirée and from all indications, it was a resounding a success!

Hosted by the students of the make-up artistry evening class, patrons were treated to fabulous make overs, while trainees had an opportunity to practise their newly found craft.

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Published: Monday, 7th May, 2012

Call For Safety Committees In Work Places


Employers are being encouraged to establish safety and health committees within their organisations!     

The advice has come from Chief Labour Officer, Vincent Burnett, as Barbados is set to observe World Day for Safety and Health at Work, on April 28.

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Published: Friday, 20th April, 2012

May Day 2012 - Time To Launch Out


Launch Out!  That is the theme for this year’s May Day celebrations and General Secretary of the Barbados Workers Union (BWU), Sir Roy Trotman, wants everyone to realise that “the May Day occasion is more than just a day for worker celebration, but instead, a day for national thanksgiving and celebration for the value of work to our lives”.

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Published: Thursday, 19th April, 2012

Barbadian Workforce Urged To Learn A Foreign Language


As this country continues to sign bilateral trade agreements, pursue foreign direct investment and attract tourists from non-traditional markets, there is an imperative need for its citizens to develop their language skills. 


This observation has come from Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, who is urging Barbadians to learn a foreign language.

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Published: Thursday, 12th April, 2012

HIV-Related Discrimination Threatens Labour Force


Statistics have revealed that HIV infection is concentrated largely amongst the working population, putting persons in the highest economically productive age group in Barbados and the labour force at risk.


Emphasising that Government is committed to giving the highest priority to HIV and AIDS, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, noted that her Ministry was particularly concerned “about the effect of the HIV pandemic on the labour force in Barbados.”

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Published: Friday, 23rd March, 2012

Giving Workers Great Attitudes


Your attitude is your personal brand; enhancing that attitude will improve your interactions with others and your ability to excel in all facets of life.

This was the message given to public sector workers who recently participated in the Ministry of Labour’s GIVE workshop at the Accra Beach Resort and Spa, Rockley, Christ Church.

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Published: Wednesday, 21st March, 2012

BVTB Student Wins Worldskills Barbados Best Overall Competitor

After months of preparation and three days of intense battle, the Worldskills Barbados Competition climaxed with the crowning of five talented, young Barbadians.


Tevin Callender, Danika Haynes, Sadé Akins, Clesita Moore and Natasha Murrell captured gold in their respective categories of Automotive Technology, Beauty Therapy, Culinary Arts, Hairdressing and Fashion Technology.

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Published: Monday, 12th March, 2012

TVET's Combination of Knowing & Doing Is What Employers Want


The stereotypical thinking long held by many persons that technical and vocational skills are for those unsuccessful at academia is being shattered.  Manager of City & Guilds Regional Office, Guy Hewitt, has declared that this type of training is what employers have been seeking as it creates workers who possess both knowledge and skills, and not just knowledge.

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Published: Monday, 12th March, 2012

Worldskills Competition to Showcase Bajan Talent and Potential


The notion that Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is for young persons who have not excelled academically has been challenged and dismissed.


Acting Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dennis Kellman, has declared that the problem affecting TVET professions is not the skill set of the artisans, but rather a mentality “where you supposedly work with your hands and not your heads."

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Published: Wednesday, 7th March, 2012

Crane Resort Praised for Staff Training Initiatives


Lauding the Crane Residential Resort for being “a steward in the area of education”, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo recently praised management of that hotel for helping to develop the skills of its staff by providing consistent and continuous training initiatives.

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Published: Monday, 5th March, 2012

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Latest Snapshot of the Barbados Labour Market









Adult Population (000’s) 101.2 112.8 214.1
Labour Force (000’s) 72.8 68.9 141.7
Employed Labour Force (000’s) 64.8 60.4 125.3
Participation Rate (%)
61.0 66.2
Unemployment Rate (%) 10.9 12.3 11.6
Youth Unemployment Rate (%) 30.0 30.7 30.4


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