Fifteen Barbadian companies have been selected to participate in the BIDC’s 2016 Export Readiness Training Programme.
The Programme, scheduled to run from March 9 to August 31, 2016, is designed to empower high potential export companies with the knowledge, skills and capabilities that will prepare them to expand into regional and international markets, and is geared towards both manufacturers and service providers.
The training will consist of five broad components including leadership; business development; specialized export training; mentorship development of an export marketing plan; and a practicum pitching session. At the end of the six month training course, participants will get an opportunity to translate what they learned in the class room into a real world export marketing opportunity through participation in a regional trade mission.
The overall thrust of the Programme, which has been ongoing in collaboration with ACTIONCoach, is to grow Barbadian exports by increasing the number of companies which are actually exporting. This year, the BIDC is also partnering with the Office of Trade Negotiations to deliver training on the trade environment in which Barbadian exporters work. This segment will cover trade agreements and regional institutions governing trade, with special emphasis on how these facilities could be leveraged.
BIDC personnel who work directly with exporting firms will also benefit from this year’s programme. ActionCoach has organized a special business coaching segment for BIDC Business Development Officers to enhance their professional business advisory skills.