Wig Making and Beginners Lingerie will be two new courses launched by the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB) in September.

These classes, which will be held on Mondays at the Culloden Road, St. Michael and All Saints, St. Peter locations, respectively, will join the existing range of 12-week evening classes, which are set to begin on Monday, September 30.

Beauty courses, namely Braiding and Weaving, Nail Technology (Beginners and Advanced), Make-up Artistry and Barbering will be offered throughout the week at the Culloden Road location; while Tailoring (Beginners and Advanced); Dressmaking (Beginners and Advanced); Introduction to Computer Maintenance and Plumbing (Beginners and Advanced), will be held at the Deacons Training Centre, Deacons, St. Michael.

The Sayes Court, Christ Church, centre will host Event Planning & Management, Interior Decorating, Housekeeping, Tiling and Decorative Finishings, Cupboard Construction (Beginners and Advanced), Horticulture/Landscaping and Masonry courses; while at All Saints, St. Peter, courses in International Bar and Restaurant Services, Cake and Pastry Making (Beginners and Advanced) and International Cooking (Beginners and Advanced) will be on offer.

Beginners and Advanced courses in Auto-Mechanics will be held at the St. Luke???s, St. George, location.

Interested persons are reminded that they will be required to purchase their own training materials and tools and are advised that undersubscribed classes will be cancelled.

Applications and additional information may be obtained online at or by contacting the BVTB, Culloden Road, St. Michael, at 621-2882 or 621-BVTB.


Workers in Barbados will soon get another opportunity to improve their productivity when The Productivity Council launches an island-wide project – GET UP! (Getting Everyone To Understand Productivity), next month.

Workshops will be held during the months of September, October and November and participants will learn about Productivity Awareness, Service Excellence, Communication, Work Ethics and Teamwork.

The half-day sessions, to be held every Tuesday and Thursday, will target private and public sector employees. To register for the workshops, which will be held at The Productivity Council, Third Floor, Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael, persons should call Tara Parris or Roseann Morris at 626-9416.

GET UP! started late last year in the catchment areas of Warrens, Green Hill and Jackson, and training sessions were held in the south coast a few weeks ago.

Productivity Officer, Jannell Arthur, said The Council had received excellent feedback from the participants. ???So far, those sessions have been extremely well received and the numbers have been very encouraging. Several of the organisations that registered staff for the workshops have subsequently contacted The Council to conduct special in-house training for additional employees,??? she disclosed.

Ms. Arthur is of the opinion that more people are becoming productivity conscious, and said it is, therefore, necessary to make them aware of the issues involved and help them to put into practice what they learn.

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