04/15/2015 05:40 PM
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TVET Employers Recognition Awards 2015 Media Briefing: (From Left) Ms. Carol Ann Burke, Project Coordinator, TVET Employers Recognition Awards; Mr. Curtis Smith, Divisional Manager, HR and Industrial Relations, Barbados Port Inc. - the 2013 winners in the Services Sector, Retail category and of the Special Award for Investment in Youth Development - Job Attachments; Dr. Hensley Sobers, Chairman, TVET Council Barbados; Mr. Henderson Eastmond, Executive Director, TVET Council Barbados; Head Judge Celeste Foster, CEO, ACR Business Solutions Inc. and Sponsor Cardell Fergusson, General Manager, Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT).
Organisers of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Employers Recognition Awards are concerned about the lack of participation from businesses in the construction and cultural industries.
And while they were unable to give a reason for that disinterest, officials said they would focus on those sectors going forward. In 2011, when the awards were introduced, there were winners from only five sectors. That increased to seven in 2013.
Speaking at the official launch of this year’s awards programme, Chairman of the TVET Council Dr. Hensley Sobers said he was hoping there would be representatives and winners from all nine categories – Agriculture, Media, Manufacturing, Construction, Tourism & Hospitality, Retail, Personal Care and Services, Financial Services and Cultural Industries.
“I urge more businesses to enter the awards and benefit from the opportunity to evaluate and affirm or validate that your company follows best practices in the area of staff training and development,” he said.
Executive director of the TVET Council Henderson Eastmond said the council had developed “a deliberate strategy” to attract participants from all sectors this year. “When the officers are going out we are not leaving it to chance . . . we are making sure that all bases are covered. We have areas that we are targeting because we want good representation across all sectors,” he said.
Celeste Foster, who has been a judge for the past two cycles, said there had been improvements in the companies taking part every year and she was hoping that with the advent of the online application process more companies would participate.
“The focus on workforce development is very important in Barbados because we need to move towards greater efficiencies that lead to a more productive environment, conducive to being globally competitive. This programme is one step in the direction to making that a reality,” she said.
The biennial TVET Employers Recognition Awards are designed to, among other things, acknowledge and celebrate employers that invest in workforce training, facilitate an increase in the amount and quality of technical and vocational education and training currently provided by private and public sector employers.
Organisations with five or more employees are eligible to apply. Applications, which open April 15 and close on July 31, 2015, must be filled out online at the TVET Council’s website or with assistance from the Council’s officers.
Judging will take place during August and September and the winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on November 20, 2015. Winners will get a trophy, a logo to be used in marketing, a certificate and other prizes.
Adapted from the Barbados Today.