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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:00

The Government of Belize is getting ready to train Belizeans for job opportunities that will be available in the very near future. Prime Minister Barrow introduced the Fast Track to Employment Training Institute (FTTI) on Wednesday, July 30.

Prime Minister Barrow says the institute will initially focus specifically on training individuals interested in working in the field of Business Process Outsourcing (Call Centers). He says Government was considering renting a space at the Belize Institute of Management but David Leacock, Chief Executive Officer in The Ministry of Education, proposed the use of ITVET in Belize City. Leacock signed a Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the Ministry of Education with C.E.O. Mike Singh on behalf of the Ministry of Trade, Investment Promotion and Private Sector Development.

Singh says the Ministry, through BELTRAIDE, began focusing on BPO three years ago. Since then BELTRAIDE has hosted numerous training sessions countrywide as the demand for new employees continued to grow. He says that demand is even greater now as the Ministry “receives one or two inquiries a week” from investors interested in establishing a call center in Belize. Singh says the Ministry expects there will be a need for over 2,100 new employees in the sector over the next one and a half to two years. However, investors are more likely to establish a center if a trained labor force is already available.

Prime Minister Barrow wishes to open the institute as early as possible. He would like the first cohort to start sessions on October 1. PM Barrow has also pledged to cover the cost for the individuals enrolled in that first cohort. Mike Singh says the goal is to have monthly cohorts of 100 trainees. They will be trained initially in the area of customer service and then on using the devices commonly associated with call centers. A recruitment drive will commence shortly.

Singh says the plan is for the institute to eventually provide training in other areas requested by the private sector. He says a survey conducted at the last Business Forum showed that almost 50 percent of private sector representatives believe they will soon expand their workforce. The need for employment training has never been greater as businesses continue to grow.