The Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) is set to make several new technology programmes available at the start of the upcoming academic year in August.

That’s according to Principal of the SJPI, Ian Drakes. He made the disclosure during a ceremony at the SJPI earlier this week, to present certificates to the participants of the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) International Level 3 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle System Repair and Replacement.

The course trained 12 participants drawn from the staff of the SJPI, the Barbados Community College, the University of the West Indies and a number of industry partners, who will in turn transfer that knowledge to students studying the repair of hybrid/electric vehicles.

“This year we are rolling out the technologies – the hybrid electrics, drone technologies in automation, robotics, 3D printing, 3D body scanning and we will continue with our CNC, which is our computer numeric machining as well. These technologies are going to be disruptive, positive disruption – SJPI will be rolling out the technologies and we are working with our partners. We are working with the UWI, we will work with Courtesy [Garage], we will work with the Barbados Light and Power, we will work with…the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources,” he said.

Speaking to the media after the event, Drakes said that training has already begun in three areas – hybrid electrics, 3D printing and 3D body printing – on a pilot basis, while adding that the
equipment for these programmes has also already been purchased and is in operation.


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