The WorldSkills Barbados 2020 Competition gets Underway!

11/20/2020 12:50 AM
WorldSkills Barbados News
Hairdressing competitor, Rachelle Jones of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology completing her Ladies Catwalk Design and Styling Module on Day One of the WSB 2020 Competition.

The finals of the fifth, biennial WorldSkills Barbados (WSB) 2020 Competition got underway at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC), Two Mile Hill, St. Michael yesterday, Thursday, November 19, 2020.

Twenty-two (22) students representing four (4) local training intuitions are competing in six skill areas: Car Painting, Cooking, Fashion Technology, Graphic Design Technology, Hairdressing and Restaurant Service. This year the competition is being held at two venues with Car Painting taking place at Simpson Motors, Warrens, St. Michael on Saturday and Sunday, November 21 – 22, 2020.

The four institutions being represented include the Barbados Community College (BCC), the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB), the Caribbean Cuisine Culinary Institute (CCCI) and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI).

Day three of the WSB 2020 competition continues tomorrow Saturday, November 21 at LESC starting at 10 a.m. and at Simpson Motors at 9 a.m.

The WSB 2020 Competition was originally scheduled to take place in May of this year but was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The international WorldSkills Competition which is also held biennially in different parts of the world was recently postponed from September 2021 until 2022.

The four-day WorldSkills Barbados Competition is modelled on the international WorldSkills Competition, the world’s largest technical and vocational skills contest. WorldSkills is considered the global hub of skills excellence and promotes technical and vocational education and training (TVET) for young people in over 80 Member countries and regions.

WorldSkills Barbados is coordinated by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council, the government agency responsible for overseeing the national technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system. The aim of the WorldSkills Barbados programme is to help improve the quality of the national TVET system. (PR/TVET Council Barbados)