HARRIS PAINTS MENTORS BARBADIAN SECONDARY STUDENTS IN UNPRECEDENTED MOVE

Twenty-seven teenagers are smiling from ear to ear today, as they begin a paid internship thanks to Harris Paints and the Rotary Club of Barbados.
Rivalries between Barbadian secondary schools are legendary, so to organise and coordinate 27 pupils from four different institutions is nothing short of miraculous.

Ian Kenyon, Chief Executive Officer of Harris Paints told the youngsters at Courtyard Marriott in Hastings over the weekend, due to their cohesiveness and the quality of their ideas, it was decided to ask all of them to remain to oversee the implementation of their proposals under specific conditions... They would continue school, but work with Harris on weekends and holidays but this would be officially logged in their CV's for future reference.

Ian Kenyon, Chief Executive Officer of Harris Paints told the youngsters at Courtyard Marriott in Hastings over the weekend, due to their cohesiveness and the quality of their ideas, it was decided to ask all of them to remain to oversee the implementation of their proposals under specific conditions… They would continue school, but work with Harris on weekends and holidays but this would be officially logged in their CV’s for future reference.

Students from Lodge, Codrington College, the Barbados Community College as well as Harrison College were trained for 5 days under the expert mentorship of Derek Brown, a British national of Barbadian descent.

Mr Brown created the firm "Entrepreneurs In Action" (EIA) to facilitate youngsters around the world to not only get a taste of work in the real world but to maintain their experience through valued and needed internships in today's highly competitive job market.

Mr Brown created the firm “Entrepreneurs In Action” (EIA) to facilitate youngsters around the world to not only get a taste of work in the real world but to maintain their experience through valued and needed internships in today’s highly competitive job market.

While amazed at the level of success in this class, which named itself “Full Spectrum” as they were involved with color and renovation, the head of EIA also reminded both the teens and all participants as Barbados gets closer to its Jubilee celebrations, they must revise and retain while rejuvenating not just themselves but Barbados into the next half century. He wanted them to look at the phrase “Yes, Please,” not as servitude but instead “Please, yes!” as a means of eagerly providing service as customers are the life-force of any successful business…

Usually, 4 to 5 pupils out of a group of approximately 30 students gain access to cherished internships with the company where EIA moulds and sculpts young minds in a mini-seminar "Entrepreneurs in Action: Classroom to Boardroom" using current technologies and methodologies to conquer the current job markets.

Usually, 4 to 5 pupils out of a group of approximately 30 students gain access to cherished internships with the company where EIA moulds and sculpts young minds in a mini-seminar “Entrepreneurs in Action: Classroom to Boardroom” using current technologies and methodologies to conquer the current job markets.

Harris Paints is over four decades old and itself a company based on entrepreneurship, through determined efforts by its founder Ralph “Bruggadung” Johnson.

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