General Notices for August 15, 2013

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BUSINESS RESULTS FUELLED BY EMPLOYEE TRAINING

Training helps businesses increase their bottom line and the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council is looking forward to rewarding companies that follow this philosophy, when the TVET Employers Recognition Awards are held later this year.

Technical Officer with the Council, Andrea Harding, explained that the national awards competition seeks to acknowledge employers that invest in workforce training and to highlight the fact that training provides actual results.

???Better training and development equals motivated and equipped employees, which increases productivity and revenue. This, in turn, results in a competent and competitive Barbadian workforce that can compete locally, regionally and internationally; and that???s one of the things that is going to help bring us out of the recession,??? she stressed.

Noting that training could not stand alone, Ms. Harding stated that employers had to then provide opportunities for them to use what was learned and apply it within the business. In addition, she said that businesses must understand that when staff feels competent to perform tasks, this leads to better attitudes on the job.

The TVET Officer pointed out that ???training for attitude is just as important as training for skills, and performance attitude and motivation are also key to a company???s success???.

The Awards are open to small, medium-sized and large organisations which serve agriculture, manufacturing, tourism/hospitality, personal care/services and retail. Applicants will be judged on: the extent and quality of workforce training and development undertaken within the applicants??? organisation; the achievements of the organisation and/or its employees, which are attributed to the training undertaken; the integration of training into business planning; and the innovation and excellence in training design and delivery.

The TVET Employers Recognition Awards submission period ends Friday, August 30, at 4:00 p.m.

Application forms may be obtained from and submitted to the TVET Council Secretariat, #7 ???Chelwood???, 8th Avenue, Belleville, St. Michael or by request at office@tvetcouncil.com.bb. TVET Technical Officers will also be available by appointment, to assist in the completion of the form, which is also available online at www.tvetcouncil.com.bb/EmployersAwards.

BARBADOS DRUG SERVICE LECTURE ON SICKLE CELL DISEASE

Sickle Cell Disease ??? Complications and Their Treatments will be the focus of the Barbados Drug Service lecture which takes place on Tuesday, August 27, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m.

Consultant Haematologist/Oncologist, Dr. Theresa Laurent, will deliver the lecture. Members of the public will get an opportunity to discuss their medicines with pharmacists and receive counselling on drugs used in the treatment of Sickle Cell disease between 6:30 and 7:00 p.m.
Bus transportation will be provided after the lecture to the Fairchild Street and Princess Alice Bus Terminals in The City. All are invited. (MR/BGIS)

DANCE FEST TAKING IT TO THE STREET

Organisers of Community Dance Fest 2013 ??? 2014 will be taking dance to communities across the island, and dance groups of all genres and ages are invited to come out and showcase their moves.

The newly introduced initiative, dubbed Take It to the Streets, aims to attract new groups to the annual dance competition. The first staging of the community-based activity will be at Howards Supermarket, Bush Hall, St. Michael on Saturday, August 24, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Take It to the Streets will then move to Oistins Bay Gardens, Christ Church on Saturday, August 31, beginning at 4:00 p.m., then to Jubilee Gardens, The City on Saturday, September 7, starting at 10:00 a.m.

All persons who are interested in dance are invited to participate.

TOWN HALL MEETINGS CONTINUE IN CHRIST CHURCH WEST

A number of topics are on the cards for discussion at the upcoming Town Hall meetings being organised by the Christ Church West Constituency Council.

On Thursday, August 22, the Employment Rights Bill will be discussed at the Bonnett???s Resource Centre, Brittons Hill, St. Michael, and on Thursday, August 29, Bridgetown and its Historic Garrison will be the focus when the meeting is held at the St. Matthias Church Hall, Christ Church. All sessions will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Residents of the Christ Church West constituency, including members of community groups, are invited to attend.

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