A series of changes are set to come on stream at the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB).

Word of this has come from Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Immigration, Senator Arni Walters.
Speaking yesterday evening at the BVTB’s graduation ceremony, Minister Walters said it was envisaged that the BVTB would be expanding its course offerings to include Customer Service, Food Preservation, Jewelry Making, Catering, Picture Framing and Life Management Skills.

He also revealed that as a way forward, the Board proposed to increase the length of its programmes.

"At present, the Evening Programme is held one evening per week per class which caters to do-it-yourself enthusiasts, but this could be extended to two sessions making it a 45 hour Certification Course similar to the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP), The Barbados Community College and the Barbados Institute of Management and Productivity. The Board is moving to meet the demands of the public who increasingly request longer programmes, "he underlined.

Minister Walters added that the Board also proposed to introduce a number of City and Guilds courses into the Evening Programme.

"Some of the more popular skills training courses which have been oversubscribed will be offered as City and Guild programmes or even extension programmes of the SJPP once accommodation can be worked out," he stated.

The City and Guilds Certificate programme will be offered in Electrical Installation, Automotive Engineering, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Retail Trade and Computer Repair. aalleyne@barbados.gov.bb

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