Consultancy Services: Assessment of Apprenticeship and Internship Systems

The Government of Barbados has received financing from the Inter-American Development Bank towards the cost of the Skills for the Future Program, and intends to apply part of the proceeds for consultancy services: Assessment of Apprenticeship and Internship Systems. 

The purpose of this consultancy is to assess and report on the structure, scope and efficiency of the internship programmes offered at the Barbados Community College, and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, as well as assess the apprenticeship programmes offered at the Barbados Vocational Training Board. The chosen firm will alsoassess the extent to which training institutions should engage in “white collar” apprenticeships. 

The firm should comprise of the following individuals:

  1. Project/Team Leader with a Doctoral Level qualification in Education from an accredited institution with not less than seven (7) years’ experience in the design, development and implementation of apprenticeship and internship programs. The Team Leader should also demonstrate experience in working with industry institutions in the development of demand driven/competency-based education and training curricula, and a working knowledge of the Barbadian education system.
  2. A team member with post-graduate training in Education from an accredited university, with not less than five (5) years’ experience in curriculum design, development in demand driven training; working knowledge of apprenticeship systems within post-secondary institutions; and working knowledge of the Barbadian education system.
  3. A team member with post-graduate training in Education from an accredited university, with not less than five (5) years’ experience in curriculum design, development in demand driven training; working knowledge of internship systems within post-secondary institutions; and working knowledge of the Barbadian education system.
  4. Research Specialist with post-graduate training in Economics, Statistics and/or any other relevant Social Science with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the design, development and implementation of research methodologies within the education sector; and working knowledge of the Caribbean education system. 

The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation now invites firms to submit proposals along with a signed cover letter to the address below. Interested consulting firms must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services. This information includes a brief on the business, including staffing, business structure, current markets and customer base, evidence of experience and capabilities, and evidence that all consultants have attained residency/citizenship from one of the IDB’s member countries. The Consulting Firm will be selected in accordance with the procedures set out in the Inter-American Development Bank: GN2350-9 - Policies for the Selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American Development Bank (March 2011 edition). 

In assessment of submissions, consideration will be given to eligibility, experience in similar consultancies, suitability of areas of specialisation within the firm, and working knowledge of Caribbean education systems. 

All information must be submitted in English. Interested firms may request further information or details on the scope of works at the first address/telephone number below during office hours 08:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

The Original and one (1) electronic copy of the Expression of Interest should be submitted to the second address below no later than 4:30 p.m., on September 14,2016. The sealed envelope containing the submission should include the name and address of the applicant and shall be clearly marked “Expression of Interest – Consultancy Services: Assessment of Apprenticeship and Internship Systems– GOB/IDB Skills for the Future Program”. 

Following the assessment of submission a short list shall be established. In accordance with the Policies for the Selection and Contracting of Consultants financed by the Inter-American Development Bank: ‘Short lists shall comprise six firms with a wide geographic spread, with no more than two firms from any one country and at least one firm from a Bank Borrowing member country, unless qualified firms from the Bank Borrowing member countries are not identified’ 

Short listed firms will be provided with full terms of reference, and invited to submit technical and financial proposals to undertake the assignment. The Government of Barbados reserves the right to cancel the present invitation partially or in its entirety. It will not be bound to assign any reason for not short-listing any applicant and will not defray any costs incurred by any applicant in the preparation and submission of the Expressions of Interest.

  1. Mr. Junior Burgess

    Programme Director (Ag)

    Program Coordinating Unit

    Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation

    Constitution Road

    St. Michael

    Barbados

    Telephone Number: 430-2786

  2. The Chairman

    Special Tenders Committee

    Central Purchasing Department

    Fontabelle

    St. Michael

    Barbados

    W.I. BB 1145

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