WorldSkills Barbados Scores a Medallion for Excellence!

11/26/2021 10:26 AM
WorldSkills Barbados News
Flashback: Worldskills Chile Cooking Competition - Day 4. Jessica Cummins preparing a dessert dish

WorldSkills Barbados (WSB) Training Squad member, Jessica Cummins, placed fourth and was awarded a Medallion for Excellence for her outstanding performance at the Fifth Chilean Professional Technical Education Festival, WorldSkills Chile Competition.

Barbados joined six other member countries of WorldSkills Americas, to compete virtually in the cooking category of the WorldSkills Chile 2021 competition, which took place from November 8 to 12.

Day one of the event commenced with a theoretical exam, to test the participants’ underpinning knowledge in their skill area, and on days 2-3, contestants were evaluated based on their technical skills.

After hearing the competition results, competitor Jessica Cummins expressed her excitement, pleasure and pride in this accomplishment.

“When I found out that I got the medallion for excellence I felt really good, it boosted my confidence a bit more because I was worried that I had not done as I expected or as I would’ve liked.”

She continued: “It is not to say that I expected this outcome, but I am happy because I went into the competition to gain knowledge and experience, and gaining a medallion was just a booster on my confidence to show me that I have to keep pushing.”

Jessica also explained what this achievement means as she prepares for the WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 Competition and beyond, stating: “Going forward, this means that I put into practice everything that I learnt, and try to keep up that standard that I strive for in every competition, in everyday cooking and in everything I do.”

Lead Officer of the WorldSkills Barbados Programme, Dario Walcott, noted that competitions like this serve as a trial run and an important tool in preparing the training squad for the WorldSkills Shanghai 2022 Competition.

He explained: “They are for us to understand what is required in the competition, so both from the aspect of expert and competitor, they (training squad) need to understand what is required in a competition, those small things that we take for granted. So, the competition is not only based on the skill of cooking but because it is a vocational skills competition it requires you to be aware of many things that happen in and around your workspace.”

He explained further how the Chilean competition, in particular, benefitted Jessica. “From this competition we were able to establish the weaker areas that Jessica has and those mainly are not technical skills but things that she needs to be cognizant of when she is within her workspace.”