HR Wise em­pow­ers the youth through EDGE Sum­mer Pro­gramme

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By An­gel­ica O’ DonoghueHolder

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.

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