The University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus is giving retrenched Government workers a leg up.
Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal Eudine Barriteau announced on Thursday that the learning institution would be providing laid off public sector workers with free advice on starting a business.
She made the announcement at the official opening ceremony of the UWI’s Open Week: Academic and Arts Expo.
“One of the ways in which this university is responding to the retrenchment currently taking place as a result of the Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) programme, is the provision of a entrepreneurship clinic on Saturday that will offer free professional advice to would-be and budding entrepreneurs,” said Barriteau.
“Yes, the Cave Hill campus will assist persons who have been retrenched, and who have a business concept and wish some advice as to how they may proceed to implement it,” she said, adding that the sessions were also open to individuals who have not been retrenched.
She also noted that accounting experts and others in the Department of Management Studies, Department of Economics and the Student Economic and Empowerment Development (SEED) Programme would provide assistance in reviewing projects and offering technical advice.
The Cave Hill campus principal also pointed out that next week officials of the university would be outlining a suite of initiatives geared towards people who were seeking to retool or start new businesses.
“Because of rapid changes in domestic and regional job markets and the general tightening of the national economy we are witnessing daily, these programmes are particularly relevant. However, I must add that life-long learning is now a required feature of 21st century societies,” she said, while appealing to Barbados Association of Retired Persons (BARP) members to also consider continuous studies.
Acknowledging that many occupations were becoming redundant and new ones were emerging, Barriteau said it was therefore critical that everyone at every level of the educational system and at every age think of life-long learning.