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Employment and Training Fund (ETF)
What is the Employment & Training Fund (ETF)?
The ETF is a Government-financed facility managed by the TVET Council to provide grants to upgrade the skills of persons at all levels in your business: workers, supervisors, managers and owners.
How do I qualify?
Employers, recognized public and private training institutions, employer associations and trade unions are eligible to apply to the fund. The ETF also serves unemployed persons and retrenched workers. However, individuals are not eligible to apply.
How do I access ETF funds?
You can access ETF funds in two ways:
Training programmes in accordance with national priorities (Macro Programme)
The ETF provides grants to training institutions, employer associations or trade unions for training projects that lack funding and are in keeping with national and economic social priorities. This programme includes training for self-employed, unemployed and retrenched persons.
Employer training subsidies programme (Micro Programme)
The ETF provides grants to employers to conduct customised, in-house training or institutional training to upgrade the skills of their workers. However, certain conditions apply.
What are the conditions of the ETF?
Conditions of the Fund are that:
- the proposed training programme must prepare participants for labour demand occupations
- applicants must provide at least twenty-five percent (25%) of the total programme cost
- the training must be done in Barbados and must be completed within a 12-month period
- applicants must have paid all amounts due to the Training Levy of the National Insurance scheme
- applicants must provide a valid Certificate of Clearance from the National Insurance Office prior to the receipt of grant funds
What programmes are supported?
A diverse range of programmes is supported by the ETF and includes:
- skills training in the construction industry for artisans
- general management training for small farmers in agriculture
- upgrading the mechanical maintenance skills of sugar factory workers
- computer application courses for small business managers
- Information Technology courses for unemployed persons
- customer relations training for workers in the retail, petroleum products, restaurant, hotel, beer and soft drink industries
- training of foremen and small contractors
- solar photovoltaic systems maintenance
- Geographic/Land Information Systems management
- training of workers for the hotel and tourism industries
- customer relations training for Public Service Vehicle operators
The ETF does not support professional training programmes involving the upgrading of skills of personnel such as doctors, accountants, lawyers and architects. The ETF also does not support programmes in higher education leading to advanced diplomas, degrees etc.
What are some of the priority areas?
Priorities are determined by labour market demands so training is targeted at high-demand occupations and industries where there are skill shortages:
- Information Technology
- Computer Assisted Design and Manufacturing
- Solar Photovoltaic applications
- Quality Management
- Small Business Management
- Customer Service
- Food and Beverage Control
- Property Maintenance
- Boat Building
- Nursery Care Services
- Care of the Elderly