Adapting and Transforming: NTI at BAC Virtual Expo

Barbadians can soon learn more about exciting opportunities for continuing education and training through a myriad of practical courses.

The National Transformation Initiative (NTI) is partnering with the Barbados Accreditation Council (BAC) as they host a virtual expo on Wednesday, November 24th, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Entitled “Adapting Today for a Better Tomorrow”, the exposition will give registered guests a view of some of Barbados’ educational and training offerings. It also aims to provide registrants with confidence in the island’s educational landscape, and reinforce a new perception of learning in Barbados, all with just a tap of their device. Registration can be found at here.

At the virtual booths, visitors can expect to learn about the CARICOM Skills Certificate, and join the BAC’s selection of accredited and registered institutions at their respective virtual booths, while getting a chance to win NTI prizes of T-shirts and masks.

A highlight of the expo will be the NTI’s virtual booths, which will showcase how you can pursue free courses and highlight the types of learning and training available at their fingertips. These include hands-on learning through short, instructor-led guided projects, individual courses, and specialisations delivered through a range of global institutions.

According to NTI Director Dr. Allyson Leacock: “The NTI realises that individuals learn differently and our offerings are designed to meet their needs. We continue to offer courses to help us retool and upskill for the future. We have courses from internationally accredited Universities available free of charge from Coursera, one of the world’s largest online platforms; others equally cutting edge are designed and created by Barbadians for Barbadians. One such indigenous course is the NTI’s Citizenship course, aimed at equipping every Barbadian with the knowledge, skills and values needed to be model citizens in a SMART Barbados that is engaging with a digital world.”

She added: “NTI’s virtual booths will also highlight NTI’s work as part of the Barbados Employment and Sustainable Transformation (BEST) programme, which is designed to facilitate the development and transformation of one of Barbados’ most critical sectors, the tourism sector.”

Among the key speakers for the expo’s opening will be Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, The Hon. Santia Bradshaw, Lisa Gayle, Executive Director of the BAC, and Dr. Allyson Leacock.

Other booths are expected to be hosted by UWI Open Campus, the UWI Cave Hill Campus, the American University of Barbados, International Academy of Cosmetology School, Barbados Civil Aviation Centre, as well as a variety of institutions assessed by the BAC.


NTI is part of Government’s Retraining and Retooling programme (ReRe), itself a construct within The Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) Programme.

“The Re-Re Program, which involves the Retooling, Empowering, Retraining and Enfranchising of workers has to be at the core of the International Monetary Funded (IMF) program over the next four years. This is the next phase of the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) program that is a comprehensive retraining of Barbadian workers in an effort to make the workforce “globally fit for purpose”.

The Hon. Mia Amor Mottley Q.C. M.P. Prime Minister of Barbados
September 18, 2018

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