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Preparation for WorldSkills Barbados Continues

05/01/2020 09:27 AM
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The WorldSkills Barbados 2020 Competition which was scheduled to take place May 28th – 31st has been postponed until further notice, however, preparation for the competition is continuing amidst the Government restrictions to manage the COVID-19 outbreak.

 Mr. Dario Walcott, Lead Officer for the WorldSkills Barbados (WSB) Programme, announced the finalists of the March 2020 preliminaries which were held at the participating training institutions: Barbados Community College (BCC), Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB), Caribbean Cuisine Culinary Institute, Nikita’s Salon and School of Cosmetology and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI).

 Twenty-eight competitors from six of the eight Skill Areas offered at the preliminaries have made it through to the finals. They are:

Car Painting

  • Kevon Bennett - SJPI
  • Renico Brewster - SJPI
  • Ramario Yearwood - SJPI
  • Jashon Alleyne - SJPI
  • Toreek Mayers - SJPI

Cooking

  • Jessica Cummins - BCC
  • Shaquon Graham - BCC
  • Kodie Hinds - BVTB
  • Deshawn Wiggins - Caribbean Cuisine Culinary Institute (CCCI)
  • Shenanke Nedd - BVTB
  • Brittney Greaves - SJPI
  • Brandon Jones - BCC
  • Lewis Worrell - BCC
  • Jashown Willoughby - BVTB
  • Daryl Hunte - BVTB

Fashion Technology

  • Zabrielle Massiah - BVTB

Graphic Design Technology

  • Tré Greaves - BCC

Hairdressing

  • Kendria Mayers - BVTB
  • Rachelle Jones - SJPI
  • Kay-Deen Hinds - SJPI
  • Aliyah Clarke - SJPI
  • Ashia Babb - BVTB

Restaurant Service

  • Tonquanja Goodings - BCC
  • Shanika Cadogan - BCC
  • O’Sheri Vaughan-Dorant - BCC
  • Jay Parris - BCC
  • Resheena Homer - BVTB
  • Elivah Thompson - BVTB

Mr. Walcott explained: “As part of ongoing efforts aimed at improving the implementation of the WSB programme, this year the TVET Council (TVETC) instituted a new policy requiring competitors in the preliminaries to score a minimum of 50% in order to be eligible to reach the finals of the competition.

 “The scores in Cooking were quite high resulting in the number of finalists in this Skill Area being increased from a maximum of five (four finalists and one reserve) to 10. However, the low scores in Automobile Technology and Beauty Therapy resulted in no competitors from these two Skill Areas going through to the WSB 2020 finals.”

 Mr. Walcott added: “In addition, only one competitor each from Graphic Design Technology and Fashion Technology made it through to the finals. In each of these two instances, the finalist will take part in a trial in which they will compete against the WorldSkills standards, rather than against other competitors.”

 During the national restrictions instituted in response to COVID-19, the WSB 2020 finalists have been taking part online in the Competitors Developmental Programme (CDP). The CDP is a training workshop aimed at developing the soft skills of the WSB competitors. For the first time it has been expanded to all competitors rather than only the finalists who are competing for eligibility to represent Barbados at the biennial, international WorldSkills competition.

 The WSB Programme, which is administered by the TVET Council (TVETC) Barbados, comprises a national, biennial technical and vocational skills competition aimed at young persons ages 16-21 who are enrolled in public or private training institution; a biennial junior skills competition aimed at secondary school students ages 14-16 who are involved in TVET, and, several developmental opportunities for learners, educators / trainers and skill experts in various occupational areas.

 The WSB Programme is aligned to the international WorldSkills Programme which was founded in the 1950s as part of the rebuilding of global economies coming out of World War 2. The international programme promotes skills development and excellence driven by approved occupational standards. (PR/TVET Council Barbados)