Barbados needs to further improve its productivity in the private and public sectors.

This view was expressed today by the Chairman of The Productivity Council, Dr. Akhentoolove Corbin, as he delivered an address at the launch of the Preparation for the World of Work workshops, at the Baobab Tower, Warrens, St. Michael.

Dr. Corbin told the 40-odd participants that the Council???s goal is to coordinate the national agenda for enhanced productivity across the country, with a view to contributing to increased competitiveness.

???We want to ensure that the average citizen understands productivity as something that is important. We want all sectors in Barbados to be more conscious of productivity,??? he stated.

Executive Director of The Productivity Council, John Pilgrim and Chairman Dr. Akhentoolove Corbin at the launch of the Preparation for the World of Work workshops.?? (C.Pitt/BGIS)

Dr. Corbin shared 10 tips which he described as critical for the young people as they prepared to enter the workforce. He identified them as, among other things, choosing a career that fits their personality; selecting a mentor early in life; making learning a continuous life process; developing their character based on patience; learning about being productive; and having fun at work.

The two-day training sessions will continue on July 23, August 12 and 13 and August 19 and 20 at The Productivity Council, Baobab Tower, Warrens.

Originally designed to cater to 120 young people between the ages of 15 and 25, 180 persons will now be exposed to the training because of the overwhelming response to the workshops.

The programme underscores the relationship between productivity and personal effectiveness, and the participants will be exposed to several topics, including How do I Prepare for the World of Work, How Personal Attributes Contribute to Job Performance, How to Dress for an Interview, and The Do???s and Don???ts of R??sum?? and Cover-Letter Preparation.??

In addition, an interview practicum has been introduced this year, which would allow the participants to be interviewed by professionals and receive feedback on their performance.

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