Black Immigrant Daily News
Another international university will be opening a campus in Barbados in the coming months.
Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley disclosed, during her Budget Proposal 2023 on Tuesday, that Florida International University (FIU) is establishing a campus on the island, and Government has signed a MOU to make courses available to citizens .
Although she did not detail when FIU will official open, Mottley detailed that the Government will be heavily investing in the education, training and upskilling of its citizens.
Programmes in customer service and hospitality will be offered by FIU, the Jean and Norma Holder Institute for Hospitality and the National Transformation Initiative (NTI) to those in the public and private sector.
“We are also going to introduce programs in customer service excellence and hospitality in and out of the public sector, working with NTI, the National Transformation Initiative, the Jean and Norma Holder Institute for Hospitality and in a recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) FIU, Florida International University, who will be establishing a campus in Barbados within the next 12 months,” the Prime Minister revealed.
In keeping with Mission Transformation, the Government will be upskilling supervisory management staff in the public sector and private sector, the Prime Minister also indicated. She encouraged the private sector to “embrace” the training because customer service performance was a national issue.
“We are going to have a comprehensive program to train supervisory management staff for improved management, improved productivity, accountability and transparency so that we may equip supervisors and managers with skills that are beneficial and transferable. And why? Much of what we complain about in the public and private sector lies within the province of those who must supervise others and who must be able to hold them to account.”
Mottley detailed that the existing programme which focuses on “granular dencentrialisation of tasks [and] commitment of results”, sponsored by the Commonwealth Secretariat will continue through this fiscal year.
“That training has started from as long ago as 10 months ago and will continue through this next fiscal year such that by 2024 to 2025 fiscal year, we will expect that ministries will be able to lay in this Parliament what their granular objectives are, what they intend to be measured by during the course of the fiscal year not just giving evidence in the well of Parliament, which has considerably increased the transparency of Government’s performance to the people of this nation.”
“These training programs will be sponsored also by the National Training Initiative and the Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity, particularly in the supervisory management ones,” the Prime Minister said.
She announced that community training programmes such as parental training will also be implemented and led by the Minister in the Office of the Attorney General with the responsibility for Crime Prevention, Corey Forde.
“Study yourself and work out how each of us can do better. . . . If you don’t quite yet know how to do better, beg for help and come for a little training because everybody must be busy.”
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