The countdown to the finals of World Skills Barbados is officially on.
A motorcade to launch the week of activities was held yesterday from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic to National Heroes Square.
“It’s a skills olympic,” said Minister of Labour Esther Byer-Suckoo who attended the activity, adding, “It brings out the best in our students.”
The finals, which begin on Wednesday and ends on Saturday, are in the areas of culinary arts, garment making, beauty therapy, automotive technology, and hair dressing.
Competitors have been drawn from the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, Barbados Community College, Barbados Vocational Training Board and the Semaj International School of Cosmetology and Trichology.
“This World Skills activity is really about innovation, creativity and skills development and you will hear me speak about that time and time again because that is where we need to focus our workforce,” the labour minister said.
The competition is one of the flagship activities of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council.
Its Executive Director Henderson Eastman is hoping Barbados can improve on the performance of Akeila Chapman, who copped the silver medal in the Ladies and Men’s Hairdressing category two years ago in the WorldSkills Americas competition.
“We’re hoping we can repeat that feat this year when we go to Columbia and we would want to be able to participate in World Skills Americas in more areas,” he said.