Short courses

Short courses in higher education

The Government of Barbados has advocated for increased use of short courses by its nationals through entities such as the National Transformation Initiative through their partnership with the world’s largest online learning platform, Will race.

This is part of the Government’s commitment in Strategy 4 of the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) Program to ensure a comprehensive retooling of the Barbadian workforce so that Barbadians become world-class individuals in the world of work by 2030, able to achieve any job anywhere in the world.

These NTI Coursera short courses provide training and education opportunities in new skill areas and retraining in others to help develop skill sets for in-demand digital and people skills at all levels. These tools will be critical given the increasing dynamics of the means of production in almost every sector due to the technologies emerging every day.

Short courses offer advantages over university degrees and other longer format programs, as they require less financial and time commitment.

The flexibility of time and location offered by short courses allows people who are already time-constrained to deepen their skills and knowledge on a schedule that suits them ideally.

Short courses are invaluable for professional development given the opportunities they provide for the industry-specific nature of the course material that allows an individual to develop their technical skills while building their inner confidence.

This can make them more competitive in industry job markets, as their enhanced skills are now a value-added dimension that makes their expertise more relevant to industry trends when paired with their degree ( if they have one).

Short-term courses are a great way to fill gaps in an individual’s professional abilities without investing heavily in longer-term programs.

Benefits include skills development, professional development, career exploration and, if pursued using the stackable learning content model, provide an achievable path to further education. The last advantage of short courses is that they also allow you to become familiar with any field.

Exploring new perspectives can open a new door of professional opportunity. The experience can inform next steps regarding the choice to undertake longer-term programs such as university degrees.

Whatever short course you choose to prepare for the new world of work, remember that you need both digital and human skills. The World Economic Forum forecasts 149 million digital jobs by 2025, but also 3.3 billion jobs requiring human skills. Short courses can allow you to be well equipped in both cases.

(Accreditation Council of Barbados/PR)

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