The Barbados Vocational Training Board has emerged as winners in the inaugural WorldSkills Barbados Competition with top prizes in Hairdressing and Culinary Arts- two of the three categories in which we competed.

L-R Hairdressing Coach, Wendy Bishop; Hairdressing 2nd Place Winner, Akeila Chapman; Director of Training, Henderson Thompson; Hairdressing 1st Place and Overall winner, Clesita Moore; Culinary Arts Coach, Steve Phillips; Culinary Arts 1st place Winner Sade Atkins; Assistant Director of Training- Operations (Ag), Mrs. Jennifer Michael and Asst Director of Training - Admin, Mrs. Rhonda Howell.

Clesita Moore and her fellow BVTB Hairdressing category finalist, Akeila Chapman, placed first (1st) and second (2nd) respectively in their category. In addition to this first place prize, Clesita copped the “Overall Prize” of the competition with the highest score amongst all the finalists as well as another category prize as the “Best BVTB Competitor”. Their coach, Wendy Bishopis to be complimented for her hard work in preparing the girls.

Clesita Moore receiving her Overall Awrd from Min. of Education; Ronald Jones with a Rep from Atlantic Seafoods assisting in the presentation

The first (1st) prize in the Culinary Arts category was taken by Sade Atkins who blew away the BCC competition. Her coach, Mr. Steve Philips is also to be complimented for preparing her and her fellow team members for the competition. The other members of this enthusiastic Culinary Arts Team – Antonio Graham; Diandra Lowe; Shayne Watson and Thomas King-Grant stayed the course and produced very tempting plates, competing with resolve.

BVTB Coach Wendy Bishop with winners Akeila Chapman & Clesita Moore

A note of credit must be given to the team from the Fashion Technology category: Keisha Bovell; Annalicia Joseph and Nikita Phillips, prepared by devoted coach Erla Broomes. These competitors, determined to show their skills, competed under strenuous conditions with only five (5) months preparation under their belts against persons who were in the second year of their programme at the BCC and SJPP. The judges commented on the pattern making skills of the BVTB team and Keisha Bovell showed creditable time management skills in the competition.

Coach Steve Phillips, 4th from left, with his Culinary Arts Team, Thomas King-Grant; Shayne Watson; Sade Atkins; Antonio Graham & Diandra Lowe.

Assistant Director of Training – Administration, Mrs. Rhonda Howell, commented; “I want to congratulate all the Barbados Vocational Training Board’s competitors, the Board is very proud of the effort put forward by each of our three teams. The performance by the BVTB helps prove that we can be an organisation of choice for technical and vocational learning; it also reinforces our ability to deliver quality instruction which can meet high standards.”

Prizes awarded:
All finalists – Certificates & Trophies of Participation

  • 1st Place Culinary Arts – Sade Atkins

Gold Medal
YES Scholarship
1-year internship at The Crane Resort
Weekend for two at The Crane Resort
$500 cash prize compliments Hanschell Inniss & Co. Ltd.

  • 1st Place Hairdressing – Clesita Moore

Gold Medal
YES Scholarship
Gift – Compliments Styles-In-Motion
Feature in Styles-In-Motion Magazine
Two tickets to Harrison’s Cave

  • Best of BVTB competitors – Clesita Moore

$1200.00 scholarship compliments BVTB

  • Best Overall Competitor – Clesita Moore

The opportunity to attend an external competition with full expenses paid by the TVET Council

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