Tuesday 2 June, 2020

Development Council helping equip St. John's youth for the workforce

DocuCred Barbados team going through CVs with St. John youth at the CV clinic held at the Gall Hill Centre.

DocuCred Barbados team going through CVs with St. John youth at the CV clinic held at the Gall Hill Centre.

Young residents in the rural parish of St. John now know some tricks and tips of the trade to get their résumés read by Human Resource personnel and possibly land their desired jobs.

The St. John Development Council has taken their mission to develop the youth of the parish seriously and holistically, therefore yesterday they held a CV (Curriculum Vitae) clinic/workshop for youth.

This comes on the heels of a just-concluded inaugural parish cricket competition, which was "pretty exciting". The final was played at Codrington College and won by Colleton last week on Monday, January 21, 2019, Errol Barrow Day.

Speaking to Loop News yesterday at the Gall Hill Centre where the clinic was held, Director of the St. John Development Council, Adeko Collymore said:

"It's really a community event and it's all about bringing together community, especially in St. John, I believe it was lacking, so that is where the initiative started, in order to unite and bring together St. John."

But specifically as to why they organised the workshop at this point. He said that it was timely given the current economic climate.

"Where we're having plenty layoffs and such, I thought it necessary to have people really educated in CVs, résumés, to address the current issue of unemployment which is going on." Moreover, he stressed that having persons more proficient in these areas now is "very necessary".

The Council on this first occasion catered for a turnout between 15 and 30 and they hit their target. "We pretty much got the numbers, so I'm very pleased with the turnout, and it's a success in my opinion."

Looking beyond the day's educational clinic, Collymore shared that there is a Football tournament in the pipeline.

"There are other projects in the pipeline, but next up is looking like the six-aside [football] tournament. We're gonna try to have it at Gall Hill playing field, and again, it's another effort to bring together the community."

Underway he also shared that they are having a block consultation in association with the constituency office, "and there are other plans for next year."

The individuals at the clinic on Saturday participated in interactive sessions with The HR Boss and the team from DocuCred Barbados. They learned about preparing for the interview - attire, do's and don't's, and social media hacks; and in regard to their CVs they got pointers on how to tidy them, give them a facelift, and make them eye-catching and appealing to an employer who's looking.


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