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Cave Hill helping retrenched workers to get back on an employment track

For Release Upon Receipt - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

DSC05645ED-11-28-2018.jpgThe University of the West Indies, Cave Hill is responding to the needs of recently retrenched workers, through a suite of offerings from the Centre for Professional Development and Lifelong Learning (CPDLL) and the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business and Management (SCHSBM).

Interim Executive Director of the SCHSBM, Dr Justin Robinson, explained that this assistance will fall under three major components: retraining and retooling through short programmes, information on personal finance and supporting entrepreneurial endeavours.

This effort comes on the heels of a very successful entrepreneurial clinic held last Saturday during Research Week 2018. Enterprising entrepreneurs were able to pitch business ideas to a team of university specialists.

Head of the Department of Management Studies, Dr Dion Greenidge stated that in relation to the retraining and retooling, the CPDLL’s short courses, in particular, could provide opportunities to acquire Continuing Professional Education Units (CEUs) or in some instances Professional Development Units (PDUs). Additionally, postgraduateStandalone modules from existing MSc programmes may be taken in pursuit of a Postgraduate Professional Development Certificate of Competence.

Dr Robinson further noted that courses on personal finance will be rolled out through the SCHSBM.

“People would have been going home with [financial] packages or may now be coping with reduced incomes, and this is a way to provide training in how to manage your money,” he said.

In addition, enterprising individuals will benefit from the SCHSBM’s entrepreneurial and business courses. Programme director and officer-in-charge Dr Ann Wallace said this included the Lean Launchpad programme for start-up business, which allows students to engage in practical research in entrepreneurship. The School will also roll out a Business Model Canvas programme for new and existing business. This is the first time it will be offered here, and focuses on the operational, strategic management and marketing of a company.

Among SCHSBM’s programme offerings are executive short courses which include “Building Customer Service”, “Finance for Non- Finance Managers” and ‘Executive Leadership” as well as academic programmes, such as the Executive Diploma in Management which is offered online.

Dr Wallace said that the School can provide “flexible payment arrangements” for those who will require it.

There are plans to continue the entrepreneurial clinics across the island as part of the campus’ outreach efforts.


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