The Career Development Institute (CDI) was established in October 1998. It was previously registered as a training facility by the Ministry of Education of Barbados in 1999 and that remained in effect until 2005. CDI is one of the first registered institutions approved by the Barbados Accreditation Council in 2006. The CDI is a registered business according to the Business Names Register of Barbados.
The Career Development Institute is strategically located Upstairs Cole’s Building, Bay Street in Bridgetown. It consists of administrative offices, students leisure area and well furnished lecture rooms each of which is fitted with the best seating and air conditioned facilities to be found at any institution of its calibre in the region.
CDI offers a range of full time and part time courses. We also provide services that are specifically designed to support personal and professional development while facilitating the human resource needs and vision of several of our partners and corporate associates.
Over the years we have trained more than 5000 students from various countries. In Barbados, we partner with various businesses to provide practical job attachment experience during the last eight weeks of training particularly in the hospitality and care management fields. Many of our students have gained employment as a result of their performance on these attachments and several others have gained valuable job enrichment experience that can be transferred to their existing jobs.
The students are graded in accordance with existing International and CDI standards. Mid-term evaluations, course work and practical job attachments are all graded and count towards the final grade earned in each course. Special efforts are made, through oral and practical examinations, to accommodate students who may be challenged.
Applicants for entry to all of our professional and vocational training programmes need only show a will to learn and achieve personal development.
Our mission is “to promote post-school education through training that is consistent with best practice, responsive to individual needs and provide quality outcomes while forging links with businesses to promote retention and good practical skills”.