BVTB is going with simulators
The Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB) will soon be getting a spanking new, state-of-the-art facility.
BVTB director Henderson Thompson broke the news of the joint venture –– which will be undertaken by the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP), the Barbados Community College (BCC) and the BVTB –– over the weekend.
“What we have been doing is realizing that we need to rationalize what we do at the BVTB, the SJPP and the BCC. So we’ve entered into these discussions on how we are going to get our young people [moving] . . . . So we’re now working together, and you are going to see some more exciting programmes coming on stream.
“The Government will give us some land, and we will develop an institution that will be the envy of many –– large facilities which will have simulators . . . which will be exciting and make learning more fun,” Thompson revealed while speaking at the Lawson Weekes Educational Scholarship Programme at Almond Bay on Saturday.
The use of simulators, the BVTB director said, would help to reduce the cost of training students in certain areas.
“What those simulators do for us is . . . reduce the cost of operating the current equipment that we have at the BVTB,” he explained.
“When we have the truck, we teach young people how to drive heavy-duty, but when that truck breaks down, currently we have to send the students home until the truck is repaired. So we decided we can no longer operate like that, because we need to keep our young people in training, and keep them turning over and keep them moving.”