Local Hairdresser To Judge At WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017

08/20/2017 05:14 PM
WorldSkills Barbados News
Wendy Bishop is one of four Barbadians who will serve as a judge at the upcoming WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, a “global skills Olympics” to be held in the United Arab Emirates from October 14 to 19 later this year

Wendy Bishop is one of four Barbadians who will serve as a judge at the upcoming WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017, a “global skills Olympics” to be held in the United Arab Emirates from October 14 to 19 later this year.

For the Barbadian Hairdresser and Cosmetology Instructor at the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB), this is a huge honour.  

Not only is she looking forward to putting her skills to the test, she believes this international judging experience will help her gain additional knowledge that she can share with her students in Barbados.

While Wendy isn’t fazed by the task ahead, she is not underestimating the magnitude of this challenge either. 

“I served as a judge already at WorldSkills Americas in 2012 when it was in Brazil. That was a good experience but Brazil has given me an idea of the type of environment and infrastructure that we are going to be dealing with when we reach Abu Dhabi.

Brazil was a very huge place but Abu Dhabi is going to be even bigger. There will be approximately 29 hairdressers taking part in the competition from all over the world. Whereas in Brazil there were only three hairdressers and two others besides Barbados. At WorldSkills Abu Dhabi there will be people from Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Spain and all over the world who will be participating,” she stated.

According to this instructor at the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB), her appointment as a judge in the Hairdressing category of the competition makes her feel that she “needs to be equipped and have great knowledge” of her skills so that she can do a good job.

“Right now I have been doing my Assessor Course and this will help to prepare me because they expect us to show what we know as experts. I will be meeting people from all over the world and that will help to expand my knowledge on the way things are done in other countries. I am also hoping that the experience will be able to raise the level of hairdressing in Barbados,” she said.

The instructor explained that her role at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi would be to judge the skills of each competitor as it relates to the application of color, hairstyling, hair cutting and creativity. 

“The one difference with WorldSkills Abu Dhabi and other WorldSkills competitions is that normally you would get a test project to practice and competitors would get the opportunity to sharpen specific skills. This has changed because conference organisers are of the opinion that this makes competitors robotlike,” Wendy pointed out.

However, she does not see this change as a negative one and noted that it should not affect Barbados’ competitor Takiya Jordan whom she is helping to prepare for the competition. 

“If you are well trained you should be able to do a colour and if I am training you in hairdressing there are basics and foundations that you will be taught. Once you have the foundation skills you should be able to apply it to every area,” the Beautician surmised. 

She added that Takiya was being trained to “go for the gold” in the competition.  (PR/TVET Council Barbados)