Recommendations of WorldSkills Preliminary Report to be Revealed

11/11/2017 07:47 PM
WorldSkills Barbados News
Barbados' Automobile Technology competitor Akeil Craig-Browne deep in concentration at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017.

Barbadian students need to leave secondary schools with a specialized technical and vocational education and training (TVET) qualification that enables them to be work ready.

This is according to Chairman of WorldSkills Barbados Dario Walcott who also served as the island’s Technical Delegate to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017. “Ideally secondary students should be graduating with at least a Level 2 Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ), which means they can carry out varied work activities some of which are complex and non-routine and their job role would have some autonomy and responsibility,” he explained.

Walcott said that this should put Barbados on a path to meet the requirements of WorldSkills standards, raise the level of the local TVET system, improve the workforce and help to position the economy for better growth.

This is just one of the recommendations coming out of the WorldSkills Abu Dhabi 2017 Preliminary Report prepared by the TVET Council Barbados on the results of the competition.  The analysis of Barbados’ performance at the recent WorldSkills International competition will be used to strengthen this island’s TVET system.

WorldSkills, the world’s biggest vocational skills competition, was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates last month.  Barbados, one of 59 participating countries, competed in four of the 51 skill areas.

Although the country did not medal, the competition provided Barbados with a unique opportunity to benchmark its TVET system against international WorldSkills standards.

On Friday, November 17, the TVET Council will host a Presentation Ceremony/Media Briefing. It will be the official finale for the WorldSkills Barbados: Journey to Abu Dhabi 2017 campaign. The competitors and other members of the delegation will receive their official certificates from WorldSkills International and the findings of the Preliminary Report will be presented. 

In addition, Barbados’ representatives to the International TVET Youth Forum will present a copy of the 2017 Youth Declaration on the Future of Skills and TVET to Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr Esther Byer Suckoo. She will also deliver brief remarks. (PR/TVET Council Barbados)