Service to Mark Ten-Day Countdown to Worldskills Abu Dhabi

10/06/2017 11:55 AM
WorldSkills Barbados News
Motivational Speaker Raphael Saul told WorldSkills Barbados team members that they have a unique purpose in life.

The ten-day countdown for the Barbados delegation going to take part in the international WorldSkills Competition began on Wednesday with a church service held at the St. Matthias Anglican Church.

The intimate gathering comprised competitors, skill experts, team officials, representatives at the International TVET Youth Forum, parents and guardians, staff of the TVET Council and other well-wishers.

WorldSkills, a ‘skills Olympics’ also known as the world’s biggest vocational skills competition, will be held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates from October 15 to 18. 

Over 77 countries will compete in 51 skill disciplines. Barbados will compete in Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Garment Making and Hairdressing.  The island will also have two youth representatives at the first ever International TVET Youth Forum taking place during WorldSkills.

Motivational speaker and life coach, Raphael Saul gave brief remarks during the service.  He told team members they each had a unique purpose in life which only they could fulfill.  He noted that in order to achieve triumph, they needed to let tenacity, that spirit of determination and perseverance, take charge. “There is no time to warm up, it is go time!” he stressed.

Prayers were led by competitors, Roshida Griffith and Tinisha Hall as well as experts, Wendy Bishop and Wayne Maycock. The scriptures were read by Youth Forum representatives Akel Bailey and Keanndra Marshall.

After the service, the experts were awarded with Certificates of Achievement for participating in the WorldSkills Access Programme. Team members were also presented with their travel packages. 

Barbados will be represented at the WorldSkills Competition by Akeil Craig-Browne in Automotive Technology; Tinisha Hall in Culinary Arts; Roshida Griffith in Garment Making and Takiya Jordan in Hairdressing. 

They won gold in the 2016 WorldSkills Barbados Competition and will represent their country at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

Barbadians can support the local team by liking and following the WorldSkills Barbados Facebook and Instagram pages.  (PR/TVET Council Barbados)