his beginning, man has been in a constant state of change – from babyhood, to
childhood, and on to adulthood – constant change. While there are those who fear change, there
are those who are brave enough to embrace it. Everyday people challenge
themselves to conquer their fears, surpass their limits, and enhance their
lives. These people see their challenges as mere stepping-stones; they know
that opportunities will allow for
personal growth and development.
often, the accomplishments of these individuals who embrace change are not met with
celebration, adoration, and encouragement. Recently, the University awarded 17 participants
for the successful completion of short-courses in Conversational French and
Public Speaking. The short-courses were offered by the Northern Caribbean
University’s Training and Consultancy Services Unit, a non-academic department
that provides training and consultancy services for individuals, organizations,
and companies as well as University faculty and staff.
Geraldine Pinnock (third
from right), Director of the Training and Consultancy Services Unit (TACSU), Northern
Caribbean University (NCU) and Desrine Bogle (third from left), Assistant
Professor of the English and Modern Languages, NCU, smile while participants
from the Conversational French Programme proudly display their Certificates of
atmosphere at the presentation was permeated with joy and triumph. One
participant who conquered her fear of public speaking said, “this course has
helped me to be more confident in my job.
I was able to use the skills learnt in the first session the very next
day at work. Individuals have started to
ask me where I received my training.” Another participant, who dared to
challenge himself to learn the intricacies of French, has decided to further
his studies of the ‘language of love’ citing the delivery of the French
programme’s “excellent facilitator.”
Geraldine Pinnock, Director of TACSU shares
the observation that, “there are many individuals who, while not wishing to
pursue an academic degree, want to enhance their personal development and
workplace skills. Some individuals have
reached a stage at which they want to do courses simply for personal
satisfaction.” She says that TACSU
recognizes that the professional development of the workforce at all levels is
necessary for individuals and businesses to adapt to the rapidly and constantly
changing market environment. “Updating skills and learning new techniques allow
the workforce to acquire the competencies necessary to work effectively,
efficiently, and creatively in various fields of business,” said Pinnock.
TACSU has been established to deliver relevant
tailor-made training, assessment, and support with programmes designed to help individuals
achieve their personal and corporate goals. Short courses, workshops, and
seminars are offered from various disciplines. Participants can engage in a
wide range of courses, from Food Handlers Course, PC Repairs, Public Speaking,
Web Design, to Intercultural Communications – Protocol and Etiquette, Team
Building, Events Planning, Supervisory Management, Customer Relations Skills, Vegetarian
Cooking and even Floral Design.
From the beginning, man has been in a
constant state of change and TACSU is proud to have facilitated these participants
in enhancing their capabilities, capacity and competencies in a constantly
changing market environment.
Opportunities exist for those who wish to embrace change, to challenge
themselves to learn new skills, to widen their horizons – all through the
training opportunities offered by NCU’s TACSU.
Article by Ant'wayne Stewart
Photo by Orville Morgan