Employees under the Skills Training Empowerment Programme (STEP), attached to the Bird Rock, Needsmust, Conaree and National Heroes Park units, have taken part in a one-day soft skills training programme, with a special focus on conflict management.
The training sessions which were held at the Conaree Community Centre were facilitated by international social skills consultant and crime reduction specialist, Dr. Neals Chitan and former Director of Gender Affairs, Mrs. Ingrid Charles-Gumbs.
Prime Minister and Minister of People Empowerment, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris visited the training session where he delivered brief words of encouragement to the STEP workers in attendance. The prime minister challenged the participants to be the best possible version of themselves, not only for their own benefit but also for the benefit of their families and communities.
Prime Minister Harris also stressed the importance of soft skills which refer to the traits and interpersonal skills that characterize one’s relationships with others. Permanent secretary in the office of the prime minister with responsibility for STEP, Osbert Desuza noted that it is their intention to take this soft skills training programme to STEP employees throughout the entire island, with West Basseterre targeted as the location for the next exercise. Areas of focus for future training exercises will include money management and civic responsibility.