New programme prepares students for greater success in 21st century World of Work

Fifteen year-old, Shania Jordan seems like your typical teenager. She likes watching TV and socializing, and enjoys a game of footie. Career wise, Shania, a fifth former at the St. Michael School, is not sure whether she’ll pursue teaching (Maths or Geography) or culinary arts after she leaves school. But as a result of a new programme for secondary and tertiary school leavers she is better prepared, whichever path she chooses.

Shania is one of 130 students from 15 schools who recently completed Phase 1 of the World of Work (WOW) Internship Programme. The initiative offers valuable and relevant experience to tertiary and secondary school leavers through training and on-the-job activities in collaboration with Profiles Caribbean Inc., the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), and the Barbados Private Sector Association.

Shania is one of 130 students from 15 schools who recently completed Phase 1 of the World of Work (WOW) Internship Programme. The initiative offers valuable and relevant experience to tertiary and secondary school leavers through training and on-the-job activities in collaboration with Profiles Caribbean Inc., the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI), and the Barbados Private Sector Association.

The World of Work programme was executed through the Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development’s (MLSD), Human Resource Development Strategy, which is funded by the European Union to the tune of €50 million. Recently partners and students attended a closing ceremony for the first phase of the programme which began in early March.

In her remarks, Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development, Senator Dr. Esther Byer said the WOW programme supported government’s efforts to create a competent workforce through training and development. “This programme emphasises the idea of internship and exposure to work and reinforces the need to create opportunities for mentorships and coaching through job attachments, apprenticeships and internships,” she said.

The Minister added that the programme had also provided opportunities for participating students to “hone their employability skills and contribute to their overall career planning and development.”

The WOW programme, which was conducted at the BCCI’s headquarters, comprised one-day sessions covering topics such as personal branding, resume writing, interview skills, business etiquette and dress, customer service, time management and communication skills.

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