Seven staff members of the National Sports Council (NSC) have completed training in a critical security training course.
According to Chairman of the National Sports Council, McDonald Fingall, during the graduation ceremony held last Thursday, “training is key to continuous development and should be encouraged at all levels within any organisation”.
Mr. Fingall also shared that even though there have been many changes to the workplace environment, training is necessary to the overall quality of any organisation.
He lauded the seven staff members for their commitment to the programme, noting that even though they were not security officers, they had seen the value in continuous learning and development.
The training, which was conducted by Chairman of the Career Development Institute, Oral Reid, included areas such as customer service, safety in the workplace, report writing, fire prevention and emergency response, legal issues in security practice, first aid, surveillance techniques, crime scene management and self defence.
In his remarks, Mr. Reid said he was pleased that the participants would receive two certificates in security practice; one from the Career Development Institute and the other one from the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council of Barbados.
He urged participants “to be mindful of their role in the provision of quality service and the critical role they play nationally in the enforcement of the laws of Barbados and the maintenance of order”.
NSC staff members who completed the course of study are: Elvis Forde, Gregory Jones, Ian Scott, Brian Millar, Richard Hunte, Gregory Catlyn and Jeremy Taylor.
Gregory Jones, speaking about his experience, said he was grateful that management invested in the training for staff, noting that he learnt more than he expected during the programme.
He added that he was able to apply what was learnt to his daily duties, and encouraged others to take advantage of training opportunities wherever they could.