As part of the Barbados Coalition of Services Industries??? (BCSI) thrust to educate and inform the public about the services sector and the strategies that will encourage growth in our economy and businesses, that organisation will host National Services Week, beginning November 8 to 14.

The week starts with a Career Fair on Saturday, November 8 and Sunday, November 9, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

There, students and parents will be able to explore non-traditional career paths as presented by numerous centres of excellence from Canada and the United States.

The flagship event, the National Services Week Annual Lecture and Cocktail, will be held on Tuesday, November 11, at the Grande Salle, Central Bank of Barbados, at 7:00 p.m.

The keynote speaker for the event will be e-Learning commentator, David Patterson, from Learning Light in the United Kingdom. He will discuss how technology has revolutionised education services through Massive Open Online Courses and Vocational Open Online Courses.

The following day, a workshop featuring a link-up with producer, Evan Rogers, will take place on Wednesday, November 12, at the BCSI, Building # 3, Harbour Industrial Estate, St. Michael, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 13, will see the climax of the BCSI???s Industry Genius Mobile App Competition, at the Hilton Barbados at 6:00 p.m. The competition was launched in August, aimed at giving practising and aspiring app developers the opportunity to showcase their creativity and business acumen.

There, finalists will make their final pitches before the judges and the eventual winning team will walk away with a trip to CeBiT, the world???s largest computer exposition, which takes place in Germany next year.

The week will culminate on Friday, November 14, with a Sunset Concert at the Sea Rocks Dome, Maxwell Coast Road, Christ Church, at 7:00 p.m., where a selection of rising artistes will perform.

The aim of the concert, which will be preceded by a pre-event training workshop, is threefold: to provide a platform for exposure; to create an atmosphere for ongoing professional development through training collaboration with various stakeholders and partners; and to position local artistes to tap into job opportunities within the hotel circuit.

theresa.blackman@barbados.gov.bb

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