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RDI helping Vincentians to prepare themselves

RDI helping Vincentians to prepare themselves


With the Caribbean single Market and Economy upon us, Vincentians have an opportunity to advance themselves and be prepared for the free movement of people.

One institution helping with upgrading one’s marketability is the Resource Development International (RDI).{{more}}

Last Monday, Vincentians got first hand information of RDI activities. That was at two functions staged at Roy’s Inn in Kingstown.

According to Marlon Stevenson, local head of RDI, with RDI “You can have your cake and eat it.”

RDI provides Distance Learning programmes with links to the University of Leicester, University of Sunderland, The Chartered Institute of Marketing, Sheffield Hallam University and Edexel, one of the leading examination bodies in the United Kingdom.

Persons can be trained in areas of Management, Business, Information Technology, Finance and Marketing.

The attraction of the RDI initiative is that persons can embark on their studies without any formal qualification. All that is required is the willingness to learn.

Also at the launch of the local RDI facility was St. Lucian born Techla Fitz.

Through the RDI connection, students would enjoy the same opportunities that persons receive while on campus.

RDI operates in over 60 different countries with 5,000 students on the graduation list.

Fitz highlighted the “flexible” payment plan, and she outlined efforts at collaboration with financial institutions.

According to Fitz, RDI can “assist Caribbean societies for what lies ahead with the free movement of labour.”

“With globalization, the world is our platform,” she added. An MBA programme costs about US$12,000, while a certificate is US$2,500.

Studies start in January, April, July and October.

Stevenson, with office at Murray’s Road in Kingstown, pointed to the advantage RDI offers and outlined: “Anyone employed looking for personal development, this is an excellent opportunity for hard areas.” RDI is hoping to work along with the National Institute of Technology in order to make the provision of the service easily accessible to persons in far away areas.