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Barbados going for Gold at WorldSkills International

01/15/2017 07:04 AM
TVET Council Barbados Latest News

The WorldSkills Barbados 2016 winners will be aiming for gold when they compete on the global stage at WorldSkills International in Abu Dhabi.


Akeil Craig-Browne, Roshida Griffith, Tinisha Hall, and Takiya Jordan will represent the island at the technical-skills Olympics, scheduled for October 2017.


The team will be led by Technical Delegate, Dario Walcott, who is also Chairman of the WorldSkills Barbados Local Organising Committee (LOC).


Mr. Walcott pointed out that after the local skills contest, the winners of the Hairdressing and Culinary Arts categories were to represent Barbados at the regional competition, WorldSkills Americas in Mexico in November last year.


But when that meet was canceled, a decision was taken to send the four WorldSkills Barbados winners to WorldSkills International instead.


Akeil Craig-Browne will compete in the Automobile Technology category while Roshida Griffith, will represent Barbados in the Fashion Technology category.  They are both students of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.


Tinisha Hall will represent Barbados in the Cooking category while Takeya Jordan will compete in Hairdressing.  Both hail from the Barbados Vocational Training Board.


Accompanying Mr. Walcott and the competitors will be Team Leader, Carol Griffith, and four skills experts.


Explaining the competition structure, Mr. Walcott noted there would be no preliminary rounds.


“WorldSkills International doesn’t stipulate who should come or how they should get there. They respect the fact that the member country sends these people to participate in the competition. But if they are going to medal, they need to get over 75%, so it is in the best interest of the country to send persons who are getting over 75% in the skill areas,” he said. 


Each skill area may have a minimum of 35 competitors from various countries, so intense training has already begun for the Barbadian finalists. 


“We put plans in place for them to have training sessions in the industry.  I have shared the technical descriptions of each category with finalists and the experts so they have an outline of all the knowledge and skills they need.


“Training is not limited to their skill areas, with WorldSkills International being held in Abu Dhabi in the Middle East, the culture is very different.  We will have someone come and speak to them about the culture and how they are expected to behave when they are there,” Mr. Walcott said.  (PR/TVET Council Barbados)