VIBES Life and Work Skills Programme 2022 – Session 8

VIBES Life and Work Skills Programme 2022 – Session 8

Last Saturday, The Clarkson Foundation Inc. held its eighth and final session of this year's VIBES life and work skills programme. We hosted a mock interview process for 36 participants, conducted by a panel of expert human resource specialists.

We are extremely grateful to Ms. Claire Garnes, Recruitment Officer at the Youth Advance Corps, Ms. Laura Harewood, Human Resource Business Partner with the Barbados Light and Power Co., Ms. Joan Leacock, Human Resource Development Consultant/ Trainer, Ms. Cindy Miller, Executive Assistant with The Elegant Hotels Group and certified Hospitality Trainer, Ms. Joanne Odle, Human Resources and IT Manager at Hanschell Inniss Ltd., and Ms. Joycelyn Watts, Vocational Counselor, for taking their time to share their professionalism and expertise with my constituents.
They significantly prepared these participants for the reality of the job interview and their gateway to employment.

We are indebted to Reverend Dr. Lucille Baird, MBE, the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Mount Zion's Missions Inc., and the management and staff of her Church for accommodating us and allowing their Great Hall for our participants' mock interviews.

On this coming Saturday, we are scheduled to visit Nine Acres Farm in Christ Church, so that participants can see first hand agricultural and farming operations and explore available employment and self-employment opportunities in this very important productive and food security sector.

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VIBES Life and Work Skills Programme 2022 – Session 7

VIBES Life and Work Skills Programme 2022 – Session 7

Last Saturday, the Clarkson Foundation Inc. held its seventh and final VIBES Life and Work Skills session for this cohort, again at the St. Albans Anglican Church. Forty-one participants from St. James North attended, maintaining the above forty attendance which we have achieved since the second session.

They heard a detailed outline from Mr. Eric Scott, Credit Account Manager, of how to apply for finances from the Barbados Trust Fund of the Ministry of Business Development and Entrepreneurship in order to commence or expand your business. Participants then received invaluable information from Miss. Erica Hinkson, marketing consultant and Trust Fund tutor, on how to prepare a business plan and to market one's own enterprise.

Finally, Miss. Deborah Butler, born and breed in Lower Carlton, a graduate of the first VIBES programme in 2014 and a multiple NIFCA gold, silver and bronze winner in 2018 and 2019, told her amazing story of building a successful catering and food and pastries business from scratch through will power, determination, self-belief and dedication to cause. Deborah is a living example that anyone can achieve excellence and success in their own commercial enterprise, once they are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices and right choices. We thank them all for their presentations.

We look forward to next Saturday when prepared participants will undergo mock interviews conducted by expert Human Resource managers at Mount Zion Missions Church in Rock Dundo.

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VIBES Life and Work Skills Programme 2022 – Session 6

VIBES Life and Work Skills Programme 2022 – Session 6

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Last Saturday, the Clarkson Foundation Inc. held its sixth VIBES life and work skills session for this year again at the St. Albans Anglican Church. A record number of forty seven participants from St. James North were treated to master piece presentations on available skills and vocational training opportunities as well as potential employment avenues.

We profusely thank Mrs. Pauline Farnum, Senior Employment Officer in the Ministry of Labour, Ms. Liz Bowen of the Ministry of Community Development and Mr. Henderson Thompson, Director of the Vocational Training Board, for enlightening everyone present on the numerous programmes being offered by the various Government agencies to assist our People in a fundamental way towards employment and self-employment.

We thank Mrs. Yvette Walcott-Davis, the Director of the Barbados Employment and Career Counselling Service, for her interest in what we are seeking to achieve, as demonstrated tangibly by her presence at the session.

We thank Mrs. Rhonda Bryan-Hutson and Mr. Roger Husbands, our team leaders and human resource management consultants, on their continuing role in this exercise.

Finally, we thank all my many constituents who each Saturday morning come to these sessions and show by your continued attendance your appreciation of the benefits of this initiative towards your personal development.

We look forward to next Saturday, 18th June welcoming Miss. Erica Hinkson, Marketing Specialist/Consultant and Mr. Eric Scott, Credit Account Manager of the Barbados Trust Fund, who will provide vital information on marketing strategy and loan funding granted to small businesses.

We will also welcome Miss. Deborah Butler, one of the first graduates of this VIBES programme in 2014, who has now received multiple NIFCA Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for success in starting and undertaking her business enterprise.

All of my constituents who have applied for loans from the Barbados Trust Fund within the last year are invited to attend.

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VIBES Life and Work Skills Programme 2022 – Session 5

The Clarkson Foundation Inc. last Saturday hosted the fifth session of its VIBES life and work skills programme at the St. Albans Anglican Church. Thirty seven participants received very helpful information from human resource specialist Ms. Laura Harewood on writing a curriculum vitae, structuring an employment application, preparing for a job interview, dressing and presenting yourself at an interview, managing your time and finances as well as on other practical aspects of life and work. We thank Laura for her presentation and Mrs. Rhonda Bryan-Hutson for organizing her attendance.

Next Saturday, we look forward to welcoming officials from the Ministries of Community Development and of Labour as well as from the Vocational Training Board to speak to participants on further available skills training and employment opportunities for our people, both in Barbados and overseas.
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VIBES / NTI Life and Work Skills Programme 2022 – Session 4

Last Saturday morning, The Clarkson Foundation Inc. under the patronage of Saint James North Member of Parliament Edmund Hinkson held its fourth session of this year's VIBES life and work skills programme at the St. Albans Anglican Church.

A record turn out of forty four constituents benefited from excellent presentations from the team of the National Transformation Initiative led by its head, Dr. Allyson Leacock. Participants received a full briefing on the programmes which are being offered, free of cost to applicants, by the NTI.

These programmes are all geared to ensuring that those who take them become better citizens and indeed develop into being more complete and better-rounded individuals.
This is a key component in the drive by the Government of Barbados to assist our constituents in obtaining and securing more sustainable employment or facilitating their self-employment.

Immense gratitude to Dr. Leacock and her team headed by Ms. Tamara Springer which included Maria Holder-Small, my friend and a former President of the Council of the Disabled when I was a Director.

I would also like to thank Mr. O'Brien Smith, Youth Commissioner, for sharing with the attendees the various programs offered and upcoming.

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VIBES Life and Work Skills Programme 2022 – Session 3

Our third VIBES Life and Work Skills Programme was held yesterday morning. 43 participants were actively engaged by programme conductor and human resource management expert and consultant Rhonda Bryan-Hutson in concepts such as positive attitude and self-motivation, communication techniques, cooperation and teamwork, decision-making ability and goal setting objectivity. We thank all who attended the session, particularly those who attended for the first time.

We still have space for more constituents to come and participate. We look forward to you attending and to welcoming you.

Next Saturday morning will include an important session in the National Transformation Initiative's Community Roadshow (@ntistarrbajan) in showcasing available courses which it is offering to us all for our personal development and our improved employment opportunities. We thank the St. Albans Anglican Church for again allowing us its hallowed and scenic haven to locate our programme.
This is what Community service is about.

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VIBES Life and Work Skills Programme 2022 – Session 2

Today marked the second session of my Foundation's life and work skills programme for young unemployed and underemployed constituents of St. James North. I am extremely proud that 43 participants came today, up from 21 last Saturday, to St. Albans Anglican Church to engage in their self-development and to hear how they can improve their problem solving ability, critical thinking, positive thinking , confidence in themselves, Integrity, attitude, aptitude and other aspects of their being which are fundamental to their progress in life.

I will always believe and invest in the youth of my constituency.

Thanks to Rhonda Bryan-Hutson and Roger Husbands for their professional tutorship today. Full kudos to The Clarkson Foundation Inc. for making this far-reaching programme possible for the fourth time during my tenure as Member of Parliament. Thanks to my political staff Shanice Jordan, J.P. and Jonathan Smith as well as the ever reliable and loyal Diana Forde, J.P., Sharon Thompson, J.P., Susan Packer and Harold Francis for their continuing assistance.

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VIBES Life and Work Skills Programme – 2022

Today marked the second session of my Foundation's life and work skills programme for young unemployed and underemployed constituents of St. James North. I am extremely proud that 43 participants came today, up from 21 last Saturday, to St. Albans Anglican Church to engage in their self-development and to hear how they can improve their problem solving ability, critical thinking, positive thinking , confidence in themselves, Integrity, attitude, aptitude and other aspects of their being which are fundamental to their progress in life.

I will always believe and invest in the youth of my constituency.

Thanks to Rhonda Bryan-Hutson and Roger Husbands for their professional tutorship today. Full kudos to The Clarkson Foundation Inc. for making this far-reaching programme possible for the fourth time during my tenure as Member of Parliament. Thanks to my political staff Shanice Jordan, J.P. and Jonathan Smith as well as the ever reliable and loyal Diana Forde, J.P., Sharon Thompson, J.P., Susan Packer and Harold Francis for their continuing assistance.

The Clarkson Foundation Inc. profusely thanks the OSI Computer Store for it's kindness in donating 86-inch tripod screen (pictured in the background) to be utilized for our social empowerment programmes.

We also take this opportunity to thank Ms. Britney Sealy of @workbarbados_ for her participation and inspiring address at the launch of this year's VIBES programme.

We deeply appreciate all of your support and cooperation towards our Foundation's causes.

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Primary School Literacy Programme

In July 2019, Ms Christina Haynes, then President of the St. James North BLP branch, began a reading programme in St. James North with the goal of leaving no child in Barbados behind. The intimate programme was an excellent first step to improving literacy in the constituency. Ms Haynes was assisted by Mrs Karen Jordan, Mr Sergio Alleyne, and Ms Erica Hinkson. Thoughtful book donations from Chattelhouse Barbados authors and other kind-hearted Barbadians were also helpful and. the team truly expanded the children’s knowledge and their imaginations.
Continuing in this light, every Saturday morning during August, we held remedial literacy sessions with approximately 15 primary school students from St. James North at the constituency office. The children and their parents were all very grateful for the opportunity provided during this summer for these children to continue their education in a meaningful manner.
We are extremely thankful to teachers Miss. Jacqueline Medford, Miss. Jevonne Browne and Ms Margo Griffith for voluntarily giving of their time, knowledge and educational expertise in conducting the programme. We also commend Misses Shernelle Francis, Jayde Alleyne, Marrianne Burnham, Shanice Jordan and all constituents for their assistance in this noble cause.
Our members are pleased to have been able to organise this programme and to contribute in some measure to the educational development of these children. We look forward to the next session.
As national leaders, we have a significant obligation to ensure that as many of our youth as possible are given every opportunity to fully realise their potential to be exceptional citizens. They deserve this from us. None of our young people must be left behind as we strive to create a better Barbados in these challenging times.