Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo, has pledged her Ministry???s continued support for WorldSkills Barbados.

Delivering remarks at the closing ceremony of the competition at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Senator Byer Suckoo stated: ???WorldSkills is important because too often we focus so hard on the destination that we forget to appreciate the journey.

???This developmental exercise has been an eye opener for the rest of us???to appreciate how the raw talent actually becomes developed.???

WorldSkills Barbados forms part of the regional component of the WorldSkills International competition, which targets technical and vocational education and training students between ages 16 and 21.

Copping gold medals in the categories of Culinary Arts and Automotive Technology respectively were Tinisha Janine Hall and Akeil Craig-Browne, both students of the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB).

Striking gold in the Hairdressing and Garment-making categories were Takiya Jordan, also of the BVTB; and Roshida Griffith of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.

Akeil Craig-Browne emerged the overall winner, walking away with the Best of Competition Award.??The competition was held under the theme: Shaping a World Class Workforce through: Innovation, Creativity and Skills Development.

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