Holistic training begins at GIS

GIS:-Having an inclusive skill set is necessary in the modern age, GIS Director says.

The Government Information Service (GIS), in efforts to improve its operating procedures and complement staff skill sets has begun a series of professional training programs.

The training sessions commenced last week, with a News Gathering and Research Writing workshop, followed by a Soft Skills training course.

The four-hour writing workshop covered interviewing, feature writing and editing techniques via lectures, a practical session, and a question and answer segment; while the three-hour soft skills program focused on how to motivate staff, effectively communicate ideas, and improve efficiency.

GIS director, Clement Wulf-Soulage, said staff with an inclusive skill set is necessary for the efficient functioning of any new age organization.

“This is part of an ongoing process of training at the GIS,” said the Director. “One of my strategic priorities, apart from operational excellence, is a focus on the training and development of the staff. The sessions will complement the existing skill sets of the staff and help improve their capabilities to meet the communications requirements in this new age of information.

“This organization is primarily concerned with communication and information dissemination, so employees need to know how to write creatively and communicate effectually. Furthermore, soft skills are the new hard skills, so there is also a focus on interpersonal and conceptual skills. In a world where soft skills are fast becoming the deal breaker in executive decisions, employers have found it necessary to train their staff holistically.”

Staff described the sessions as informative, engaging and interactive, with topics that were useful to those operating within professional environments.

The News Gathering and Research Writing workshop and the Soft Skills training session were held on June 1 and June 8, respectively. Subsequent training sessions include courses in camera and lighting techniques, and post production.

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