Soft Skills training for Saba’s civil servants

Civil servants who participated in the workshop (left to right): Jevon Weeks, Henrietta Hassell, Cadella Marten, Alexandria Hassell, Leayle Hassell, Justin Yu, Mary Thielman, Ecelcia Asare-Simmons (Back), Akilah Levenstone (front), Lorenzo Caines, Instructor David McGregor, Zuleyka Levenstone, Xiomara Levenstone, Sonia Cornet, and Derrick Johnson. Cristal Hassell, another participant of the workshop, is not present in the photo.

THE BOTTOM, Saba – From July 11-14, some 15 civil servants of the Public Entity Saba participated in a four-day workshop for Soft Skills Training.

On the last day of the workshop, the civil servants engaged in a team building exercise, and were separated into three teams and worked together to build dog houses. These dog houses were later donated to the Saba Foundation for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SFPCA). This activity helped to solidify the skills the civil servants had learned in the previous days, and at the end of the training they all received certificates for completing the course.

This workshop is part of the 5-year educational plan for the Island Government of Saba, and focused on areas such as Communication, Customer Service (Internal and External), Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution, to name a few. The trainer of this workshop was David McGregor from the Training and Development Center in St. Maarten, who had previously given workshops for customer service and leadership on the island. There will be four more of these workshops organized in the upcoming months and every civil servant will have the opportunity to participate.

Acting Island Secretary Raquel Granger views the workshop as a success and said, “Two years ago David had a profound impact on the civil servants who followed his workshop. Based on the results and accomplishments of last week, it is clear that David continues to bring out the best in his students.”

The Island Government of Saba will continue with its education plan by also organizing other general learning courses such as Dutch and Computer courses later in the year.