150 Students to Graduate From UWI Open Campus PTFTC Programme

Press Release:- Tuesday 30 April 2019 will be a special day for some 150 fifth form students from seven secondary schools in Barbados.

That’s the day they will graduate from the six-month programme titled “Preparing Today For Tomorrow’s Challenges” or PTFTC run by The UWI Open Campus.

The graduation ceremony takes place at the Hospitality Institute, Marine Gardens, Christ Church, Barbados and starts at 1:00 pm EC time.

The 150 students are returning fifth formers from Coleridge and Parry School, The Ellerslie School, Lester Vaughn School, St George Secondary School, Grantley Adams Memorial School, The St Michael School, and Frederick Smith Secondary School.

The objectives of the programme are to provide participants with the key concepts of personal, learning, writing and thinking skills, employability and life skills for the 21st century.

By the end of the six-months programme, students are expected to demonstrate improvement in learning, writing and thinking skills, and soft skills needed for work; and acquire hands-on experience in preparing their resume and for a job interview.

During the programme, students dealt with topics including presenting oneself and personal branding, effective communication, dealing with difficult people, conflict resolution, business etiquette, résumé writing and the interview process.

They also received training in video-conferencing at The UWI Open Campus Learning Centre and dining etiquette at Divi Southwinds Hotel.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The UWI Open Campus, Dr Luz Longsworth will deliver the feature address at Tuesday’s graduation.

Dr Arvat Mc Claine, sponsor of the programme will deliver remarks, along with Open Campus Alumni Officer, Mrs Sandra Griffith-Carrington, the Programme Coordinator.

Seven of the students will be selected to undertake internships with The UWI Open Campus during the summer vacation, while others will intern at local companies and one charity. The students went through a formal interview process and also wrote an examination as part of the selection criteria.

The most anticipated announcement at Tuesday’s graduation will be that of the Most Outstanding Student Overall, and the top student from each of the seven secondary schools.

This is the fourth year the Preparing Today For Tomorrow’s Challenges programme is being hosted by The UWI Open Campus.