The Culinary Arts segment of the WorldSkills Barbados Competition has benefited from sponsorship from Massy (Barbados) Ltd.

Public Relations Manager of Massy (Barbados) Ltd, Jennifer Branch-Maloney, made a presentation of a cheque and in kind support to Executive Director of the TVET Council, Henderson Eastmond, at the TVET offices recently.

Mr. Eastmond expressed gratitude and lauded the company for contributing to the development of technical and vocational skills training.

???I want to thank Massy (Barbados) Ltd for its support. Your contribution to the competition is symbolic, as it speaks to the strengthening of the partnership between employers and training providers and workforce development. It also demonstrates your commitment to youth,??? the Executive Director stated.

He explained that the WorldSkills brand promoted skills development and excellence using competence-based standards to support technical and vocational skills training, which was in keeping with the mandate of the TVET Council Barbados.

???The WorldSkills Barbados Competition is important to developing a cadre of young skills professionals, thereby helping to strengthen our economy by providing workers who can perform to international standards,??? he noted.

Mrs. Branch-Maloney pointed out that Massy Stores was pleased to be the supermarket of choice for WorldSkills Barbados. She said this gave Massy the opportunity to fulfil its purpose of ???being a force for good by creating value and transforming life???.

???Massy is passionate about developing the skills of our young people which would lead to productive outcomes for not only the individual but also the community as a whole. We see the opportunities for self-improvement, entrepreneurship, employment creation and economic stability and growth,??? she said.

The winner of the Culinary Arts competition will receive an internship in Massy Barbados Ltd???s operations and professional cooking supplies, among other prizes. Massy will also provide prizes for the second and third place winners.

WorldSkills Barbados starts this Friday, May 13, and will run until Monday, May 16, during BMEX at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. Sixteen finalists from the Barbados Vocational Training Board and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic will compete in one of four categories: Automotive Technology, Culinary Arts, Garment Making and Hairdressing.

Author: Kim Ramsay-Moore/TVET

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