NTI & Covid-19 Response

As the world, implements needed containment measures to control the pandemic, Barbados perforce is part of that global lockdown. This is a crisis like no other, which means there are substantial uncertainties about the impact it will have on people’s lives and livelihoods. Barbados, as a sovereign nation and small island developing state that is dependent on Tourism, is severely impacted by a slowdown in the economy and high unemployment. NTI now has to “ramp up” its key activities and re-prioritise its strategic objectives:

As a result of the impact to date of COVID-19, and our critical assessment of the environment and its psychosocial impact on potential trainees, NTI has deemed it appropriate to offer the following 3 e-learning modules as a priority to its specific sector programme rollout so people are receptive to offerings.

This adjustment allows the NTI to fulfil the following:

  • strategic objective 5 with emphasis on Digital Literacy and
  • key activities (b) developing standards of excellence, and (c) determination of areas of deficiency/training needs within the Tourism sector.


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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