The Learning and Development Directorate (LD), formerly Training Administration Division, has overall responsibility for coordinating human resource development in the Public Service of Barbados. This Directorate has a broad mandate to assist in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Public Service through an integrated human resource development effort aimed at improving individual and organizational work performance.  

The Learning and Development Directorate has responsibility for  Learning and Development,   Performance Management,   Competency Management and Assessment,   Career Planning,   Talent Management and   the administration of training leave, study leave and applications for training loans.


Training Administration was established as a separate department in the civil service in March 1967 to help develop the human resources in this country but with a main focus on the public sector. This time therefore, affords us the opportunity both to reflect on our institutional history and to use these experiences to guide our future activities.

With the coming of Independence in 1966, both the scope and size of government changed significantly in order to respond to the challenges of nationhood. Consequently there was a need to ensure that the human resources in the public sector were capable of responding efficiently to the early challenges presented by independence.

In a sense the development of Training Administration has mirrored the demands that these changes bring. In 1967 when the organization was established with a staff of seven persons, local in-service training was restricted mostly to entry level officers. Today, the growth of the organization is reflected in the increase of staff members and the expansion in the number and scope of the courses being offered.

Effective January 14, 2019, Training Administration was amalgamated within the Ministry of the Public Service and became the Learning and Development Directorate.

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The Ministry of the Public Service will be the model of excellence in Human Resource Management and Development.