Summer sales training programme to give high school leavers an edge

Observer writer

Friday, May 18, 2018

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In a unique push to equip high school leavers, the TGL School of Sales & Sales Management, in partnership with the University of the Commonwealth Caribbean (UCC), has awarded a scholarship to Jamaica College 6th form business student Kevaughn Simmonds.

Simmonds will be part of a group of students this summer to participate in a course slated to equip several young entrepreneurs to package and sell their business, service or product ideas.

The youngster was selected for his affinity with business and entrepreneurship.

Simmonds, a top entrepreneur and business student of Jamaica College, expressed his excitement at being chosen as the first scholarship recipient. He aspires to be a mechanical engineer and has set his sights on owning his own business — and will be aided by his course in the Fundamentals of Professional Sales Programme this summer.

A very enthusiastic Everton Simmonds, father of Kevaughn, expressed that he is very proud of his son and looks forward to this course strategically positioning Kevaughn for success.

Similar sentiments were shared by SallyAnn Gray, head of school and programmes director — TGL School of Sales, who is eager to equip students with these innovative skills as they prepare to enter the global marketplace.

TGL's founder and executive director, Duane Lue-Fung, was himself a recipient of the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship in 2007, and is also a Jamaica College old boy.

It is his desire, along with the TGL team, to see young entrepreneurs fully equipped with the competencies needed to sell their ideas, products, or services.

As Butch Stewart, Michael Lee-Chin and Steve Jobs have demonstrated, the number one skill of an entrepreneur is their ability to influence, persuade and convince people to buy into their ideas, products and services. Upon completion of the Fundamentals of Professional Sales course, students will be able to:

- Secure jobs easier

- Consistently earn more and

- Boldly and confidently pursue their goals.

Paul Bryan, managing director of Think Grow Lead and co-founder of the school added that TGL is pleased to be the agent of disruption and change in the sales and, by extension, business sector of the Caribbean.

Bryan states, “We have created a transformative educational experience for sales professionals and young entrepreneurs, with a curriculum focused on the knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies required to overachieve in competitive sales environments.”

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