Thursday 20 September, 2018

Education Minister: Use skills wisely

Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training Santia Bradshaw.

Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training Santia Bradshaw.

The Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council’s decision to use the WorldSkills programme, as a platform to promote and create a path towards 21st-century competitiveness, economic growth and the social development of Barbados has received thumbs up from Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training Santia Bradshaw.

And she has given the Council assurance, that there will be a greater drive to ensure that the TVET curricula at the secondary, post-secondary and tertiary levels, is based on occupational standards that reflect the national, regional and WorldSkills standards.

Addressing Friday’s Awards Ceremony of the WorldSkills Barbados 2018 Competition, the fourth biennial competition since starting in 2012, the minister lauded the Council for its work over the years.

The Council she noted will, “continue to strengthen partnerships with corporate Barbados to host and facilitate the WorldSkills competitions, which include the local WorldSkills Barbados, the regional WorldSkills Americas and the WorldSkills International - the latter of which sees seventy-plus countries from across the globe competing to determine the best young skilled professionals and by extension the ‘world class’ training systems that produced them.”

WorldSkills Barbados Competition 2018 according to organizers have been the biggest so far with participation in eight skill areas.

Minister Bradshaw is envisioning the possibility of Barbados fielding a team of competitors in diverse skill areas, which include the technological and higher level skills. A team which she believes can bring back medallions for excellence or gold, silver and bronze medals.

Such an occasion she explained would help to prove that Barbados again has one of the best education and training systems in the world, a perception which according to her would be based on graduates who possess both technical and soft skills in addition to leadership skills.

She told the finalists that they have been given the knowledge and skills, but that the motivation to put what they have learned into practice must come from them.

They were encouraged to use the WorldSkills experience to become leaders in their personal lives and future careers.

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