National Services Week (NSW) 2014 To Focus on Boosting Global Competitiveness in Key Sectors
A National Services Sector Development Strategy Report, commissioned in 2013 by the Barbados Coalition of Service Industries (BCSI), identified several key sectors to which the country should give increasing attention, due to their ability to maximize the highest returns for the country’s limited resources.
Among those sectors were Higher Education, ICT and the Creative Industries.
Coming on the heels of several meaningful activities geared towards realizing greater opportunities in these sectors, one of the latest of them being our seminar Changing the Dialogue; Education As Big Business, the BCSI is thrilled to take it one step further as it rolls out its second annual National Services Week 2014 (NSW) 2014 from November 8th ’til 14th.
Celebrated under the theme “Championing Globally Competitive Services“, NSW will give the Barbadian public the opportunity to experience, explore, and deepen the dialogue around these key, potential economic drivers.
Stating that each event of NSW was strategically designed not to be just an event, but part of an ongoing development process for the actors in each of the strategic sectors being identified during the week. Cummins remarked that when the week comes to a close, there should be a National Steering Committee to drive the Education as Big Business Initiative, the app developers will embark on continuous professional development from some of the world’s ICT gurus and the artists from the Sunset Concert will benefit from scholarships for vocal training and hands on experience in a recording studio.
The week kicks off with a Career Fair on November 8th and 9th at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. It will allow students and their parents to explore numerous non-traditional career paths as presented by numerous centers of excellence from Canada and the USA. This event is being held in partnership with The Student Center.
Our flagship event, the “National Services Week Annual Lecture and Cocktail“, will be held on November 11th at 7:00 pm at the Grande Salle of the Central Bank of Barbados. Keynote speaker will be influential e-Learning commentator Mr. David Patterson from Learning Light in the UK who will be investigating how technology has revolutionized education services through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS) and Vocational Open Online Courses (VOOCS).
The climax of the Digicel BCSI “Industry Genius Mobile App Competition“, launched in August to give practicing and aspiring app developers the opportunity to showcase their creativity and business acumen, takes place on November 13th at the Hilton Hotel. There, finalists will make their final pitches before the judges and the eventual winning team will away with a trip to CeBiT, the world’s largest computer exposition, which takes place in Germany next year.
Bringing up the rear of what promises to be an outstanding week of events, a selection of rising artists will be performing at our annual Sunset Concert at the Sea Rocks Dome on November 14th. Feature band of the evening will be Award-Winning NexCyx, known for tunes like “Moves Like Jagger“, “On the Floor” and “Queen“. The aim of the Sunset Concert, which will be proceeded by a pre-event training workshop for the emerging talents, is threefold: to provide a platform for exposure; to create an atmosphere for ongoing professional development through training collaboration with our partners; to position the artists to tap into job opportunities within the local hotel circuit.
David Patterson has worked for Learning Light for over 7 years and in that time has become an influential commentator and valued consultant in the world of e-learning and learning technologies.
David is joint author of several research papers including the highly acclaimed 2009 and 2010 Learning Light reports on the UKe-learning market. His in depth experience has contributed to Learning Light being regarded as one of the UK’s leading research and consultancy organizations in the field of e-learning.
His strong business background both in the public and private sector gives him a leading edge when working with a wide range of clients to provide independent and impartial advice on the use of e-learning and learning technologies to improve business performance. You can read David’s blog on e-learning on our sister site e-learning centre.
David is a highly experienced manager with a strong background in ICT, e-learning and learning technologies.
David has many years of experience in organizational change using well developed negotiation and influencing skills, along with project management skills and financial management skills. This is blended with experience in the private sector, local government, business support and as a director of Learning Light.
David successfully studied for a MSc in Information Systems at the University of Sheffield in 1999-2000, and achieved a distinction. Here David developed his interest in e-learning, and indeed became a part-time distance learning tutor using e-learning and learning technologies for the University of Sheffield, a role he undertook till 2004. David continues to work closely with both the universities of Sheffield and Leeds.