St. Lucian Bertram Leon chairs Caribbean Skills Bank

A new project aimed at harnessing the talent and skills of the Caribbean diaspora has been launched in London.

The Caribbean Skills Bank seeks to attract people of Caribbean origin around the world. Its first step is to reach out to the UK-based diaspora through a website – Caribbean Skills – which will match up professional skills to Caribbean needs.

The initial phase, unveiled on 7 June, will harness diaspora expertise to provide immediate support to the Caribbean during hurricane season 2019. 

The website, complete with up-to-date data privacy and GDPR settings, allows professionals abroad, such as doctors, engineers, architects and IT specialists, to register their skills and make them available to Caribbean governments.

As Skills Bank Chairman Bertram Leon explained, the project grew from a meeting in 2016 of the Caribbean 2030 leaders’ think tank conference, held at the FCO’s Wilton Park centre in Sussex. 

He and two colleagues, including Caribbean Intelligence’s own Managing Editor, Debbie Ransome, and educational and project specialist Maureen Salmon, discussed the idea of a professional skills database. The devastating 2017 hurricane season provided the impetus to hone the first stage of the project.

Caribbean Skills Bank is now live and accepting registrations from willing professionals.

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