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Help from Brazil for WorldSkills Competition

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The Barbados team to WorldSkills Kazan 2019 will step up preparation this week when three of its members begin training with Brazil’s medal winning Skill Experts in cooking, restaurant service and hairdressing.

The three competitors, Shae White (cooking), Danny Mayers (restaurant service) and Zaria Archer (hairdressing), gold medallists at the WorldSkills Barbados 2018 competition, will undergo training specifically designed to help them get ready for the rigorous four-day WorldSkills competition from August 22 to 27, 2019 in Kazan, Russia.

Ana Helena Louis Loureiro, Bayard Ricardi Capaverde Neto and Andre de Souza, will facilitate the technical preparation of Barbados’ competitors and their respective Experts, Peter Edey (cooking), Roderick Prescod (restaurant service) and Arlette Knight-Olton (hairdressing), from June 10 to 14.

This is the second round of training being conducted compliments of Brazil’s National Service for Industrial Training (SENAI) and National Service for Commercial Training (SENAC), respectively.

In March, competitors Terrique Ward (car painting), Peabo Sampson (fashion technology), Kristina Patrick (graphic design technology) and their respective Experts, Negas Alleyne-Browne (car painting), Joy Prime (fashion technology) and Shelly Mayers (graphic design technology) travelled to Brazil to take part in its Team Training and Time Trial Competition.

The biennial WorldSkills Competition is a unique, live technical and vocational skills competition. It is hosted by the WorldSkills International organisation which is the global hub for skills excellence and development.

This is the second time that Barbados will be competing at the WorldSkills Competition. In 2017, Barbados sent a four-member team to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates but did not win medal.

The 55-member Brazilian delegation to WorldSkills Abu Dhabi competed in 49 skill areas, gaining 19 medals and 26 medallions for excellence, including a silver medal in fashion technology, and medallions for excellence in car painting and graphic design technology.

Similarly, at WorldSkills Sao Paulo 2015, Brazil’s 56 member delegation captured 27 medals and 19 medallions for excellence including the gold medal in fashion technology, silver medal in graphic design technology and the medallion for excellence in car painting.

At WorldSkills Leipzig 2013, Brazil, with 41 competitors participating in 37 skill areas, attained 12 medals and 15 medallions for excellence including a gold medal in graphic design technology and a medallion for excellence in fashion technology. (PR/TVET Council Barbados)

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