(TVET Council)

As Barbados embarks on its quest for excellence at WorldSkills Abu Dhabi, a number of developmental sessions are being held to ensure that participants are well prepared to represent Barbados at the international skills competition.

Following sessions on July 27 and August 2 at the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Council’s (TVETC) Hastings location, the third will be held on Saturday, August, 12. Chairman of TVETC, Dr. Hensley Sobers and Rafael Saul will discuss: Being a Champion, in a session which will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Muslim Association of Barbados and other resource personnel will educate participants about protocol, culture and presentation skills, during the session slated for Thursday, August 24, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, September 13, participants will be briefed on “how to bring their A game” when under pressure. They will benefit from the advice from representatives from the Barbados Culinary Team during the session from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

The final activity for the team before they proceed to Abu Dhabi is a church service, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, October 4.

The competitors who will be representing Barbados in Abu Dhabi are: Roshida Griffith, Garment Making; Takiya Jordan, Hairdressing; Akeil Craig-Browne, Automotive Technology; and Tinisha Hall, Culinary Arts.

The team will be led by the Official Delegate, Executive Director of TVETC, Henderson Eastmond.  He will be accompanied by Technical Delegate, Dario Walcott and Team Leader, Wendy McClean.

The skills experts also journeying to Abu Dhabi to serve as judges are: Lisa Holder, Garment Making; Wendy Bishop, Hairdressing; Wayne Maycock, Automotive Technology; and Steve Phillips, Culinary Arts.

During the event, there will also be an International TVET Youth Forum, and  Barbados’ representatives are Keaanndra Marshall and Akel Bailey.


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