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From third left: Dennis de Peiza, Managing Director and Event Co-ordinator of Regional Management Services (RMS) Inc.; Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Santia Bradshaw; Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Rommel Springer; and Ed Bushell, Chairman, Human Resources Development Advisory Council.

WOW programme important

THE nature of the world of work is changing, and students must prepare themselves for the future of work.

Ed Bushell, Chairman, Human Resources Development Advisory Council, stated this during the 2019 World of Work (WOW) Showcase that took place at the Frank Collymore Hall yesterday morning.

He explained that the showcase, among other things, focused on the development of those soft skills, which are now critical if persons wish to be successful at work.

“Indeed, employers are now saying, ‘Give me a recruit that possesses the soft skills and empathy, emotional intelligence and possesses the capability to learn and I will train that employee to be a successful member of my team.’ Therefore, this forum comes at a critical time as we contend with the rapidly changing nature of work,” he said.

“Jobs that we long took for granted are disappearing at an alarming rate. We don’t know for certain which jobs will survive in ten years and what new jobs will be created in that time frame.”

It is against this backdrop that Bushell was pleased to announce that participants of the WOW Showcase and programme were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to join the Job Start Plus programme, which is sponsored by the Ministry of Labour and Social Partnership Relations.

He explained that this programme will provide young persons who were not yet working with a year of job experience and the opportunity to be trained to use the tools needed to succeed in the world of work today and tomorrow.

Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Santia Bradshaw, noted that she believes this was a forum that her Ministry and the private sector could partner with in order to provide educational experiences for the youth that are current, relevant and aligned with the current world of work.

She stated that such partnerships help them improve the quality of secondary and post-secondary education, by providing the youth with educational resources, improved physical environments and opportunities to successfully transition from school to work.

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