Only 115 of the 2313 applicants this year for the top seven programmes at the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB) could be accommodated.
Director of Training Henderson Thompson shared the numbers in his report at the BVTB’s graduation ceremony last evening.
“Bar and Restaurant, 585 persons applied, BVTB can only accommodate 13 trainees. International Cooking, 433 persons applied, BVTB can only accommodate 18. Care of the Elderly, 300 persons applied, the programme can only accommodate 16,” Thompson said.
The situation was the same for Housekeeping, Electrical Installation, Heavy Duty Truck Driving and Cosmetology.
“The deficit between the number of applicants and the number of trainees accepted is a serious matter and this is why the BVTB continuously calls for land, purpose-built buildings and equipment,” Thompson said, noting that specialized training requires purpose-built space.
Meantime, the BVTB, a newly registered institution with the Barbados Accreditation Council, is expanding in many ways.
Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo announced that the Ministry of Housing, Lands and Rural Development has responded to the request for land and she hopes the process of expansion is one which will run smoothly.
“The Barbados Vocational Training Board continues to fulfil its mandate to train and certify persons for employment to the extent that today it is hosting its second graduation for the year,” Byer Suckoo.
“The graduation earlier this year presented the CVQ award to over 180 persons, today 221 graduands sit before me,” she said, adding that she was heartened by the BVTB’s achievements thus far.
The Minister added that the demand for vocational training has certainly increased and as a result, the Ministry will assist in obtaining more space and more resources. (KH)