WorldSkills Russia and WorldSkills Barbados have signed a partnership agreement

On August 13, 2021, WorldSkills Russia and WorldSkills Barbados signed a partnership agreement aimed at implementing comprehensive projects to improve the vocational training system in Barbados and the Russian Federation. The first joint event will be the Junior Future Skills Camp, where Worldskills Russia will act as a mentor.

“We already have experience in conducting with WorldSkills Barbados such joint events as Skills Camp, intensive training programmes, as well as initiatives related to the development of Future Skills for Juniors. We are very pleased that now our cooperation will become even more extensive said Robert Urazov, WorldSkills Russia Director General. “In order to pool our efforts in promoting innovation and training of Juniors, we are jointly launching the Junior Future Skills Camp, which will allow professionals from Barbados to master future skills and will foster to train young people and nurture new talents. I believe that the joint efforts of WorldSkills Russia and WorldSkills Barbados will inspire young professionals and lead to economic growth in both countries.”

Moreover, the bilateral cooperation will involve the exchange of best practices in online and face-to-face formats within the framework of the network interaction between countries, the development of applied skills, the transformation of workforce training systems, the implementation of career guidance and programmes for Juniors, employment support, labour productivity improvement, as well as the creation and development of digital solutions and platforms for vocational training programmes.

“The past year and the pandemic have highlighted the importance of integrating technologies, digital learning, and computer literacy into practical training using both augmented reality and hybrid formats. This is one of the key conclusions that we have made in the framework of international cooperation with countries. The Future Skills Camp, which we hold jointly with our colleagues from WorldSkills Russia, provides an opportunity for countries to exchange experience and resources and provide each other with training opportunities in order to improve the quality of the global vocational education system. Junior Future Skills Camp will be held in five skills: 3D Digital Game Art, Aerial Robotics, Building Information Modeling, Mobile Application Development, Internet of Things.” said Henderson Eastmond, Executive Director of WorldSkills Barbados.

The key results of the partnership will include modernization of occupational and educational standards as well as training programmes in accordance with the best WorldSkills practices; introduction of WorldSkills tools into the vocational training system; introduction of a system of independent skills assessment and recognition by the WorldSkills methodology with the subsequent issuance of a Skills Passport, as well as the formation of an expert community.