Barbados Community College (BCC) student Tonquanja Giddings took top honours at the Closing/Awards Ceremony of the fifth, biennial WorldSkills Barbados (WSB) 2020 Competition, winning both the Gold Medal in Restaurant Service and the Best of Competition Award for the overall winner with her score of 92%.
The Best of Competition winner is the highest scoring finalist with a combined score from the Competitors Developmental Programme (soft skills) and the skills competition (Test Project).
The WorldSkills Barbados 2020 Closing/Awards Ceremony took place last Tuesday, December 1st at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC). The finals of the WSB 2020 Competition took place November 19 – 22.
Twenty-two (22) students representing four (4) local training institutions competed in six skill areas: Car Painting, Cooking, Fashion Technology, Graphic Design Technology, Hairdressing and Restaurant Service.
This year the competition was held at two venues with Cooking, Fashion Technology, Graphic Design Technology, Hairdressing and Restaurant Service taking place at the LESC while Car Painting took place at Simpson Motors November 21 – 22.
The four training institutions represented at this year’s competition included Barbados Community College (BCC), the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB), the Caribbean Cuisine Culinary Institute (CCCI) and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI).
The full results of the WSB 2020 Competition are as follows:
- Gold – Renico Brewster (SJPI) – 65%
- Silver – Toreek Mayers (SJPI) – 64%
- Bronze – Kevon Bennett (SJPI) – 63%
- Gold – Jessica Cummins (BCC) – 84%
- Silver – Kodie Hinds (BVTB) – 79%
- Bronze – Daryl Hunte (BVTB) – 77%
- Gold – Rachelle Jones (SJPI) – 72%
- Silver – Kendria Mayers (BVTB) – 66%
- Gold – Tonquanja Giddings (BCC) – 92%
- Silver – O’Sheri Vaughan-Dorant (BCC) – 84%
- Bronze – Shanika Cadogan (BCC) – 77%
As a result of the 50% cut off mark instituted for the preliminaries, the Fashion Technology and Graphic Design Technology skill areas, respectively, each had one competitor only who took part in the finals.
The BVTB’s Zabrielle Massiah (Fashion Technology) and the BCC’s Tre Greaves (Graphic Design Technology) therefore did not compete but rather were assessed against the standards for the two skill areas, respectively.
The Trailblazer Award was presented to Tre Greaves (BCC), Kendria Mayers (BVTB) and Resheena Homer (BVTB) for being the top performers in the Competitors Developmental Programme (CDP), each scoring 100%.
The CDP is a three-month training workshop conducted by the TVET Council Barbados in collaboration with the Barbados Employers’ Confederation (BEC) and which is aimed at developing the soft skills of the WSB competitors.
Topics include Workplace Etiquette, Keys to Effective Communication, Public Speaking and Presentation Skills, Introduction to Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Managing and Problem Solving, and, Team Building and Motivation.
Medallions for Excellence were awarded to finalists who did not medal but who were able to achieve the WorldSkills Barbados standard of 70% and above. Medallions were presented to:
- Restaurant Service – Jay Parris (BCC) – 86%
- Cooking – Jashown Willoughby (BVTB) – 79%
- Cooking – Deshawn Wiggins (CCCI) – 77%
- Cooking – Lewis Worrell (BCC) – 74%
- Cooking – Shaquon Graham (BCC) – 73%
- Cooking – Shenanke Nedd (BVTB) – 72%
The BCC’s Restaurant Service coach, Cherise Osbourne, took home the Best of Competition – Coach Award presented to the top performing coach.
During his delivery of the welcome remarks Executive Director of the TVET Council Henderson Eastmond announced the postponement of the 46th Biennial WorldSkills Competition which was scheduled to take place in Shanghai, China in September 2021. He said the international competition had been postponed until 2022 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, he pointed out that this allowed the TVET Council more time in which to prepare the team that will be selected to represent Barbados at the next WorldSkills Competition.
The WSB 2020 Competition was originally scheduled to take place in May of this year but was also postponed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The four-day WorldSkills Barbados Competition is modelled on the international WorldSkills Competition which is the world’s largest technical and vocational skills contest.
WorldSkills is considered the global hub of skills excellence and promotes technical and vocational education and training (TVET) for young people in over 80 member countries and regions.
WorldSkills Barbados is coordinated by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council, the government agency responsible for overseeing the national technical and vocational education and training (TVET) system.
The aim of the WorldSkills Barbados programme is to help improve the quality of the national TVET system.