HR Wise empowers the youth through EDGE Summer Programme
HR Wise has found an innovative way to remedy one of the social ills our society faces today. That is, to gradually improve work ethic among the spring chickens. This was the principal aim of the Empower, Discover, Grow and Excel (EDGE) summer programme that concluded last Saturday with a graduation ceremony.
The human resource management company held an intimate yet jovial gathering to celebrate the first class of the EDGE graduates. EDGE focused on providing the participants with the information that they need to effectively manage their transition from a school setting to the workplace.
The 3-week summer programme sought to improve knowledge, clarify workplace expectations and build stronger work ethic among our young adults. The main expectation of the programme is to ensure graduates will stand out and be easily recognized as individuals who have received EDGE training. The intention of the organizers is “to establish EDGE as a premier induction programme that will be recommended for all graduates by both employers and educators".
The programme utilized a structure of having mentor and mentee relationships, keeping the summer initiative in a realistic, close-knit manner. The mentees were 16-21years old, from various walks of life and across the island, from as far south as Canaries. However, the mentors were from a very select group of young adults.
Mentor positions were first advertised via social media. The applicants were shortlisted and interviewed against a set profile. They went through several training, brainstorming and team building sessions, in order to ensure the programme matched the ethical and professional standards of HR Wise.
EDGE has two components: a three-week summer workshop (which was just concluded) that covers topics ranging from career planning, communication, workplace etiquette, customer excellence, employment essentials, personal brand, interview skills, social media and attitude, entrepreneurship, among others.
The second portion of the EDGE programme will be in the form of an Internship initiative from September to November for graduates who are ready to enter the workforce.
Among invited guest speakers at the graduation were Miller Charles who focused on Entrepreneurship and Self Awareness; Karim Sifflet who advised on Financial Budgeting and Kwency Griffith, managing director of Vibes Radio.
Goretti Paul, managing director of HR Wise, said the programme had suffered a few hiccups, among them limited sponsorship and lower turnout than expected.
The Human resource company intends to host the initiative as an annual summer programme indicating that they “will start advertising in the schools and request sponsorships earlier".
Proud participants of the programme (standing) with their mentors.