Top 3 Skilled Nationals Categories with the most issuances in 2021.
In 2021, the calendar year saw the addition of the Agricultural Worker and Security Guard categories added to the list of accepted categories for CARICOM Skilled Nationals. This brought the total number of categories to 12. The latter half of the year also saw the Barbados Accreditation Council introduce assessment exercises done by the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology for applicants who apply under the Artiste category. Overall, there was a steady number of certificates issued in 2021 which continued from 2020, with a decline of merely 4% (In the year 2020, there were 227 issuances and 219 in the calendar year of 2021). As customary, the Graduate category far and away remained the most common category of those who were issued CARICOM Skills Certificates. Unlike what has been seen in previous years, however, the Artiste category ranked at second while the Holder of an Associate Degree or comparable qualification category now ranked third.