Over 200 Form 4 students from 20 Secondary schools in Grenada and Carriacou were privileged to participate in a one day workshop on June 28 hosted by the Grenada Chevening Alumni Group and funded by the British High Commission.
The workshop, an approved project of the British Chevening Alumni Project Fund (CAPF), was titled ‘Preparing Students for the World of Work’ and entailed a packed programme of activities directed at providing guidance for the students as they begin to prepare for their careers, from choosing the right subjects to preparing for higher studies.
Held at the Grenada Boys Secondary School Auditorium, the day’s programme, began with a brief Opening Ceremony during which a representative from the Ministry of Education, Sandra Thomas expressed the Ministry’s endorsement for the programme and praised the work of the Alumni Group.
Coordinator of the workshop, Alice Thomas-Roberts also gave an overview of the prestigious Chevening Scholarship Programme and of the Grenada Alumni Group.
Presentations during the morning session included one on Business Etiquette by Roslyn Douglas, who had the students practising proper hand shakes, and learning how to present themselves for interviews, among other soft skills.
She was followed by Banking Official Willvorn Grainger who gave the students very helpful tips on Budgeting and Managing Personal Finance.
Climate Change and Environment Professional, Leslie Smith, opened up a world of interest with detailed explanations of all that affects the environment, and how young people could ensure a healthy environment in future.
The morning session culminated with a panel discussion on Ethics in the Workplace, focusing on accountability, personal values, honesty and integrity, et al, and generated a number of questions on consequences from the student audience.
The afternoon session generated much excitement as students were free to interact with the Professionals of their choice and were encouraged to keep an open mind and move around.
Career groups included professionals from such fields as the Medical, Legal, Educational, Meteorology, Business, Finance and Banking, Insurance, Journalism, Agriculture, The Performing and Visual Arts, Engineering, Sporting Careers, Hospitality, among others.
Groups of students from various schools brought the workshop to a close by illustrating what they had learnt during the day, and performed some hilarious role plays on what to do and what not to do when applying for a job or when on the job.
“A very worthwhile experience”, was the most popular comment from students and teachers, and there was much encouragement for the Alumni Group to make such a programme an annual event.
Members of the Grenada Chevening Alumni Group are particularly grateful for the endorsement of the Ministry of Education for this workshop, and for the role of Principals and teachers for ensuring that their students were able to participate in this most informative and interactive workshop.