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UWI hosting entrepreneurial clinics

UWI hosting entrepreneurial clinics
22 Nov
2018

The University of the West Indies is putting systems in place to assist recently retrenched workers.

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences Dr. Justin Robinson, says public sector workers make up about 40 per cent of the University's student body.

That's why the UWI will be offering a suite of programmes, aimed at enhancing the future employment prospects of these workers.

He says the assistance will fall under three main categories, retraining and retooling people who are considering new career options, offering information on how best to manage personal finances and through support for entrepreneurial ventures.

Dr. Robinson says there will be a fee attached to the programmes offered, but the University is open to receiving payments in instalments.

Several public sector workers who were laid off in government's retrenchment exercise, are exploring the idea of starting their own businesses.

Head of the Department of Management Studies at the University of the West Indies Dr. Dion Greenidge, says half of the people who attended a recent entrepreneurial clinic hosted by the University, were retrenched workers.

However there were also a large number of gainfully employed people.

The clinic gave people with business ideas a chance to get free professional advice from experts in marketing, accounting and strategic planning.

Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences Dr. Justin Robinson, says they're plans to host others.