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WorldSkills Jamaica Programme

Newsletter March 2012

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Celebrating 10 Years of Skills Excellence Over the past 10 years WorldSkills Jamaica has facilitated the development of a skills respect culture through the activities that have been executed to support and strengthen our national Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system. Our continued association with WorldSkills International has enabled us to incorporate international standards (from approximately 60 member countries) into skills training. The insights into modern technologies, the enthusiasm of young persons who are motivated to embrace skills development and ultimately the demonstration of high levels of competence out of the classroom and into the workforce (locally and internationally) all made the 10-year journey very rewarding. WorldSkills Jamaica creates opportunities for young persons from every parish and community within Jamaica. It enhances their education and training programme and enables them to chart their professional career pathway and hone their skills to engage in stimulating employment, including pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities. Our mission, Enhancing the TVET system through the infusion of WorldSkills International standards, improving quality and developing highly competent graduates entering the Jamaican workforce, symbolizes underpinning activities of WorldSkills Jamaica, inclusive of its achievements, initiatives and partnerships over the last 10 years.

The WorldSkills Jamaica (WSJ) programme has made significant strides since it was established in 2002; and continues to make important contributions to the national TVET system. Over the coming year the biennial National Skills Competition will be refined and coordinated in partnership with industry sector leaders. This will serve to make the WorldSkills Jamaica Programme more robust as it will benefit from greater industry exposure and add greater value to the skills advancement process. As WSJ moves forward, we encourage schools and training institutions to continue to embrace the WS infusion process through the use of past test projects, hosting in-class and schools/institutional skills competitions (using WS assessment guidelines), participating in Try-ASkill activities and using the WS Equipment Standards to inform the procurement of modern tools/ equipment that will facilitate world-class skills training.

Jamaican Skills on the Global Stage

Team Jamaica: WorldSkills London 2011 Team Jamaica joined over 1,000 competitors from approximately 60 countries/ regions to compete among be the best of the best at the 41st WorldSkills International Competition (dubbed WorldSkills London 2011), held in the United Kingdom (UK), London. WorldSkills London 2011, was held October 5 - 8, 2011 at the London ExCeL Centre (an area the size of ten Wembley football pitches)! It is the largest international skills competition and careers event the venue has ever hosted. Hard work, commitment, determination and the pride to represent Jamaica and the Region were the hallmark of Jamaica’s participation in the Competition. Jamaica participated in Hair Dressing, Culinary Arts/Cooking and Web Design. Although we did not medal, we consider ourselves to be winners for a number of reasons, chief among them being: the rigorous training activities that our competitors, coaches/experts and administrators engaged in and benefited from, exposure to international skills competition standards and the opportunity to continue to establish important TVET networks. These are priceless gains for each individual and can only serve to strengthen our National TVET system. In the words of Jack Dusseldorp (outgoing President for WorldSkills International) during an address to the competitors in London: “Regardless of where you are placed in this competition, you return home a WorldSkills Champion.” More than 200,000 visitors from across the UK attended the Competition, and were inspired by the highly skilled competitors who were competing in some 46 skill areas. In addition to four exciting days of Competition, visitors were able to Have a Go (or Try-A-Skill as we have branded it in Jamaica) at hundreds of new skills, meet top employers and receive specialist career advice to assist them with making that important next step.

THE JOURNEY TO SUCCESS Trends &journey New Software P.4 Team Jamaica’s to WorldSkills London 2011 began in 2009 where seven young talented TVET trainees/ competitors were selected for specialized training in preparation for the London 2012 Competition. The competitors, with the assistance of their coaches, went through rigorous training sessions. Whilst the competitors had to balance their personal life, school/work along with the WorldSkills training schedule, the hard working coaches also had to balance same with their work portfolio. Notwithstanding, the WorldSkills Jamaica team successfully staged several training interventions (inclusive of industry exposure) and “play-offs”. This was done to ensure that all seven vying competitors would benefit from the training in a meaningful way irrespective of the final team selected for London. Finally, based on key performance indicators, a team of three competitors were selected from the group of seven to represent Jamaica at the WorldSkills International 41st Competition. The Jamaican trio, Rushio Billings, Rochelle Grindley and Sashamoi Battick were encouraged and cheered throughout the four days of the competition by the Jamaican Delegation and the large number of Jamaican and Caribbean natives living in London. .

WSC LONDON 2011 EXPERIENCE CONTINUED... The WorldSkills international competition also hosted the WorldSkills Premiere Experience (WSPE), designed specifically with industry, government, and education leaders in mind as a flexible and customizable mean to address the needs and interests of member representatives. This environment facilitated network and exchange of ideas, sharing of best practices and learning about various approaches to the development of skills and technology at the Global Skills Marketplace. Members of the HEART Executive (Dr. Carolyn Hayle, Executive Director; Dr. Wayne Wesley, Chief Technical Director and Official Delegate for WSJ; Mr. Dermon Spence, Senior Director, National Programmes Division) accompanied by former Board members of the HEART Trust/NTA, Mr. Ruel Reid and Mr. Fabian Brown, attended the WorldSkills International Competition and participated in the WSPE and the Leader’s Forum. Dr. Hayle and the team of delegates from Jamaica met with Thomas Flohn from Lincoln Electric (President for Europe, Middle East and Africa) to discuss possible collaboration with Lincoln Electric and HEART Trust/NTA. Lincoln Electric is a world leader in the design, development and manufacturing of arc welding products, robotic arc-welding systems, plasma and oxyfuel cutting.

Dr. Hayle and the Jamaican premiere delegates seen above greeting the competitors after the Opening Ceremony.

Rochelle Grindley, Culinary Arts (cooking) competitor in action on day-1 of the competition.

Team Jamaica (competitors and coaches) L-R Rushio Billings, Marlon Maulsby, Rochelle Grindley, Paulette Christie, Sashamoie Battick and Priscilla Deans.

Meal presentation by Rochelle Grindley. (Boiled beet and herbed goat cheese on mesclum frisee. This was prepared with mixed mango compote, beet and mango vinigarette duo, sprinkled with caramelized pistacio nuts).

WSC London 2011 Experience

Mr. Chris Humphries – Chairman, WorldSkills London (right ) having a discussion with Team Jamaica Premiere Delegates.

Dr. Hayle seen above giving Ambassador Anthony Johnson, Jamaican High Commissioner to the UK a tour of the competition site in London.

Rushio Billings -Web Design competitor in action above.

Marlon Maulsby – Webs Design Expert seen above interacting with prospective web designers at the competition site..

Ambassador Anthony Johnson seen above observing Ladies’ and Men’s Hairdressing competitor, Sashamoie Battick. on Day 2 of the competition.

Samples of Sashamoie’s hair styles on display.

HIGHLIGHTS OF OPEN DAY ACTIVITIES - BEECHAMVILLE VTC The Beechamville Vocational Training Centre Open Day was held on January 20, 2012 on the grounds of the institution. The focus was to promote the programmes and services offered at the various HEART training institutions. The WorldSkills Jamaica Try-a-Skill programme was utilized effectively to provide students with “hands-on” experience and to showcase the practical side of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET). Trainees from Rockfort VTC and Garmex Academy facilitated Try-a-Skill in the following areas: Block Laying, Tiling, Napkin Folding, Restaurant Service, Caring, Plumbing, Business Administration, Early Childhood and Heating. Students and teachers from Fern Court High School, York Castle High Schools, St. Hilda's High School, Marcus Garvey Technical High School, and Prospect Cadets attended the Open Day. In addition to participating in the WSJ Try-a-Skill activities and signing up for training courses, the students were given an opportunity to be tested by the National HIV/STI Programme of the Ministry of Health and to open new accounts with the National Commercial Bank and Guardian Life.

Joldair Scarlette Deer General Construction Level III learner is seen above giving instructions to Shanice Logan from the St. Ann’s Bay High Preparatory School regarding how to cut a tile..

Students and teachers gathering information/seeking guidance on career pathways at the information booth.

This Try a Skill activity was observed by Ms Althea Smikle, Manager Port Maria VTC, Mr Samuel Bowen, Director North East Region and Ms Jennifer Tomlinson, Manager, Beechamville VTC.

Simone Martin – Head of Section Beechamville VTC, having a light moment with students at the Open Day.

David Perry, Restaurant Service learner from Beechamville VTC facilitated Trya-Skill for breakfast setting with Shanique Clayton from the Marcus Garvey Technical High School.

HIGHLIGHTS OF OPEN DAY ACTIVITIES POWER UP SKILLS! HEART Trust/NTA South Eastern Region-2 hosted Power Up Skills! on January 26, 2012 at the Garmex Academy.

The focus was to promote the programmes and services offered at institutions and the Try-aSkill was a means of showcasing the practical side of the training.

Trainees from Rockfort VTC, Garmex Academy, Portmore Academy, LEAP Centre, Boys’ Town VTC, NTEI and JAGAS facilitated Try-a-Skill in multiple skill areas.

Members of the Director and Management core from HEART Trust/NTA South Eastern Region-2 seen above discussing elements of the Vision 2030 Jamaica booklet.

Students keenly observing the demonstration of Wall and Floor Tiling at the Try-a-Skill Booth.

Mr Winston Fletcher, Director—South Eastern Region 2, along with Mrs Yvonne Hewitt, Manager for Boys’ Town VTC and Mr. Andrew Walters, Manager for JAGAS, observing demonstration of Electrical Installation .

Paul Salmon form WorldSkills Jamaica Secretariat facilitated Try-a-Skill in the area of Network Cable Termination.

Infusion of Skills Regions and Institutions host Open Day Activities to engage stakeholders, skills exhibition and promote products and services. The month of March 2012 will be dubbed “Skills Awareness Month” The aim promulgate skills and skills competence throughout all the five regions of the HEART Trust/NTA. Institutions will be carryout Open Day

SKILLS AWARENESS MONTH !!! The month of March was dubbed “Skills Awareness Month”. The aim was to promote skills throughout all the five regions of the HEART Trust/NTA. Regions and Institutions hosted Open Day activities to engage stakeholders,

Through the infusion of WorldSkills standards into our training activities, we continue to sharpen the skills of our Trainees. The process seeks to raise the standards of skills training on a continuous basis to ensure currency and relevance. Our collective knowledge and experience will no doubt, impact the education transformation process.

As we continue to expand our network, we welcome new members and continued engagement with all stakeholders to share the goal of elevating the standard of skills and its continued positive impact on the Jamaican workforce.

skills exhibitions and promoted training programmes and services.

WORLDSKILLS JAMAICA SECRETARIAT 7 Ripon Road Kingston 5 Jamaica Telephone: (876) 920-8162 Fax: (876) 926-456 Email: Website:

Newsletter (March 2012)  

Celebrating 10 Years of Skills Excellence [ ] WorldSkills London 20122 [ ] WorldSkills Infusion [ ] Beechamville VTC Open Day [ ] Power U...

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