The Dominica Association of Industry and Commerce (DAIC) hosted an Executive Breakfast with featured speakers from the Cave Hill School of Business/ University of the West Indies on Tuesday January 26, 2016 at the Fort Young Hotel. The top echelon of business leaders from different sectors gathered to discuss priority training areas needed to strengthen Dominica’s workforce and increase productivity under the theme “Development in Action: Insights from Successful Leaders.”
The DAIC conducted an initial Needs Assessment Study which highlighted that many of the factors impacting on productivity were related to the quality and type of training provided by the respective companies. Further, it was found that negative attitudes and reluctance to take initiative as well as the lack of ‘soft skills” were amongst the deficiencies which impacted on productivity in the workplace.
The DAIC recognizes the need for ongoing assessment of the training needs of the local workforce and will use findings from the Executive Breakfast discussion to drive its 2016 training programme.
The DAIC will work closely with both local and regional institutions to ensure that those already in the workforce, as well as those still undergoing academic or other professional training are adequately equipped with the tools needed to greatly enhance the country’s productivity levels.
Over the past twenty-four years, The Cave Hill School of Business/The University of the West Indies (CHSB/UWI) has established itself as a dynamic institution which has partnered with many business leaders to transform individuals and organizations throughout the Region. The Business School continues to strengthen its capabilities and relevance to respond to emerging training needs.
Both organizations are committed to working closely together on this venture.