WorldSkills Trinidad and Tobago is calling all local students, trainees and apprentices between the ages of 15 to 21 with a Technical, Vocational, Education and Training (TVET) background and skill to register to compete for bragging rights and a grand prize at an International Level. WorldSkills give participants an opportunity to display their different mechanical trades in a competitive setting where hundreds gather from around the world to participate before their peers, government officials, industry leaders, sponsors and training providers in as many as 40 skill areas that are assessed against International Standards. On a local front, the competition aims to promote the perception of TVET in our nation as a thriving career with unlimited options that would contribute directly to national productivity and an improved economy. It also aims to showcase the innovative, creative and entrepreneurial skills of our young people.
Rory Moses, Marketing Officer at WorldSkills Trinidad and Tobago, calls it the Olympics of Skills and says that this initiative is key to our development because as a nation, we have to highlight the skills that we ought to be better at. “There is a great need for skilled workers. WorldSkills will show participants diverse strengths and educate the public and the industry to raise the status and standards of vocational skills and training. It’s a whole celebration of skills,” he says. The WorldSkills Competition is organised in a different member country every two years, and this year, Trinidad and Tobago will he hosting the competition on a national level. “We are the 61st member of WorldSkills National and as part of our 50th Independence anniversary, it’s only fit that our nation host this years competition to choose the candidate that will be representing us on an international level in Brazil. The inaugural WorldSkills Trinidad and Tobago Competition runs from July to October 2012 and will be hosted by various training institutions under the Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training along with Secondary Schools implementing the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ).
The competition categories are creative arts and fashion, transportation and logistics, construction and building technology, manufacturing and engineering technology, information and communication technology, social and personal services and oil and gas. The competition is divided into two main categories, a “basic” category catering to individuals within the secondary school system, and an “advanced” category specifically geared towards the general public and individuals within various training institutions, throughout Trinidad and Tobago. All schools and training providers/institutions will be required to sit a National Selection Assessment. The selected candidates are then required to attend the WorldSkills Trinidad and Tobago Competition Camp in August in preparation for the Semi-Finals and Finals.