BVTB only able to accommodate five per cent of applicants

Only 115 of the 2313 applicants this year for the top seven programmes at the Barbados Vocational Training Board (BVTB) could be accommodated.

Director of Training Henderson Thompson shared the numbers in his report at the BVTB’s graduation ceremony last evening.

“Bar and Restaurant, 585 persons applied, BVTB can only accommodate 13 trainees. International Cooking, 433 persons applied, BVTB can only accommodate 18. Care of the Elderly, 300 persons applied, the programme can only accommodate 16,” Thompson said.

The situation was the same for Housekeeping, Electrical Installation, Heavy Duty Truck Driving and Cosmetology.

“The deficit between the number of applicants and the number of trainees accepted is a serious matter and this is why the BVTB continuously calls for land, purpose-built buildings and equipment,” Thompson said, noting that specialized training requires purpose-built space.

Meantime, the BVTB, a newly registered institution with the Barbados Accreditation Council, is expanding in many ways.

Minister of Labour Dr Esther Byer Suckoo announced that the Ministry of Housing, Lands and Rural Development has responded to the request for land and she hopes the process of expansion is one which will run smoothly.

“The Barbados Vocational Training Board continues to fulfil its mandate to train and certify persons for employment to the extent that today it is hosting its second graduation for the year,” Byer Suckoo.

“The graduation earlier this year presented the CVQ award to over 180 persons, today 221 graduands sit before me,” she said, adding that she was heartened by the BVTB’s achievements thus far.

The Minister added that the demand for vocational training has certainly increased and as a result, the Ministry will assist in obtaining more space and more resources. (KH)

11 Responses to BVTB only able to accommodate five per cent of applicants

  1. George Smith
    George Smith November 19, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    So many people wanting to join and so little being able to, that’s a shame, you must be doing something right. Have you not got a charity set up and if so advertise it, get the bajans abroad involved.

  2. luther thorne November 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    That abandoned School in White Park formerly called Roebuck Secondary needs to be utillized For a small country with
    Limited resources, There is too much wastage.

  3. Saga Boy November 19, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Luther Thorne are ready and willing to be the first occupier of a building said to be the cause of death of many persons? You want to kill them before they start a career?

  4. Belfast November 19, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Back in the 60’s the then Barbados Technical Institute at Richmond Gap was looking for an intake of just 20 young men to pursue a range of technical courses over a 5-year period. Well over 500 young men from the various Secondary Modern and Senior Schools took the exam.
    The Governing Body of the BTI in light of the potential of many of these young men upped the intake from 20 to 60. These men turned out to be captains of industry and the backbone which have hitherto, kept this country’s wheels of industry turning.
    We did it then why not now?

  5. Lee November 19, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Early school-leavers should be drafted into a Youth Service for at least a period of a year to make sure they are suitably equipped even for apprenticeship.

  6. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams November 19, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    Absolutely crazy.

  7. Beverly Gerber November 19, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    Please get a way to help all that apply. Bim needs really good dedicated workers!!!

  8. Jus me November 20, 2017 at 7:33 am

    115 applicants to be “trained”
    What is the Total cost of running the Board ??
    Pension rights , salaries ,instructors, rentals, maintainence, other workers,plus whatever else.
    Maybe better to pay private business to do the job,and get paid by the person.

    Let the Board be shut down.

    I could see it unloading a massive amount off the necks of.taxpayers

  9. Helicopter(8P) November 20, 2017 at 10:40 am

    It is so good to see our young people are so earnest willing to aspire! I would wish that the Ministers of government who are able to ask some of the Cruise ship companies to give a helping hand in allowing some of the top ten percent in graduating disciplines an apprentice training with their company. Their performance data would be monitored by the State. This is just a suggestive idea.

  10. Alex Alleyne November 20, 2017 at 11:53 am

    This is why so many “youngsters” are sitting on the corner under a tree.

  11. Belfast November 20, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    We once had a Bursary Board which looked after young men learning a trade.


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