SBSA pays tribute to a past member of staff who recently passed away. Mrs Nella Gentille, who worked in education over a number of years as a teacher and headteacher, was the Student Support Officer at SBSA until her retirement in 2016. Miss Nella's dedication to the students was second to none and her caring demeanor enabled them to overcome social or behavioral problems to successfully complete their studies. We pray her beautiful smile is lighting up the Heavens as her dear soul rests in peace.
SBSA has been very active with the Global Entrepreneurship Week which is being hosted in Seychelles for the first time. There has been a series of mini lectures and Lecturers participation in the Entrepreneurship workshop in collaboration with ESA.
On the last day of activities being organised, four SBSA learners participated in a “Youth and Entrepreneurship” debate dubbed ‘Talkoltar’ which took place at The Guy Morel Institute (TGMI) Ma Joie.
Other youths that participated in the debates were from another Professional Centre Seychelles Institute of Technology (SIT) and Plaisance Secondary School.
The debate will soon be aired on SBC television.
A sneak peek behind the scene
The Seychelles Business Studies Academy conducted a special entrepreneurship lecture series on Wednesday October 21, 2020 to commemorate the Global Entrepreneurship Week.
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SEYCHELLES BUSINESS STUDIES ACADEMY KICKS OFF GEW SEYCHELLES ACTIVITIES
SBSA Lecturers, PS for Department of Industry and Entrepreneurship Development along with some established entrepreneurs, two of whom are past SBSA graduates, delivered mini lectures and presentations to final year students with the aim of helping them to generate their business ideas.
These lectures will form part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) which Seychelles has been chosen to host for the first time this year.
The lectures also form part of the second phase of training for the lecturers who are following training on ‘Start and Improve Your Business’ with the Entrepreneurship Trainers Academy of ILO.
Seychelles Business Studies Academy commemorated the Clean Up the World on its campus on Friday 18th September 2020, with its students and staff proudly participating in various activities. Re-known since 1993, Clean Up the World is one of community-based environmental programs highly observed in Seychelles; where schools conduct various activities that address local environmental issues. SBSA has chosen the day to combat pollution and waste, conserve and restore the environment to mark the occasion. Click here to read full article
SBSA Best Overall for Sports at Professional Centre Level
Yet again, SBSA has won the award for best Professional Centre in the Sports Award Ceremony, organised by the National Sports Council. This yearly event recognises and rewards individuals, teams, associations and schools for their exceptional performance and participation in sports activities during the year. SBSA has been the winner in the Professional Centre’s category since 2014, making it the sixth consecutive year this year. What an achievement!
The secret behind the success in sports at SBSA is the dedication of our dear staff members and students. The willingness to participate in every national event organised, even if we do not make it to the podium, is our strong point. Team spirit is a virtue which SBSA, as a family, holds dear, which is its recipe for success.
SBSA boasts a number of talented students who do just as well in their studies as in sports. They participate in events organised both nationally and internationally by their respective federations. This active participation combined with excellent results have added onto the success stories of SBSA for 2019, thus enabling SBSA to once again acquire the prize.
A sincere ‘Thank you’ to all staff and students who contributed to make SBSA shine in 2019. We hope that 2020 will be an even better year, filled with accomplishment.
Recent News (17 Jan 2020):
SBSA is in the process of developing a new programme, a Diploma in Human Resource Management, to cater to the requirements of this field. As yet there is no such programme to train new S5 leavers to join the Human Resource Management field and we hope to offer this to the first cohort in 2021.
The request for this programme was made by DPA in 2018 and SBSA took up the challenge wholeheartedly.
The outline of the programme are being prepared and we would like to submit everything to SQA for validation by mid-2020.
The academy has put in place a team of lecturers to work on the development of the new programme and to ensure that the programme meets the requirements of this field. Human Resource Personnel from our partner companies were invited to participate in the Job Analysis Workshop, which was held on Friday 17 January 2020 at the academy.
The Job Analysis Workshop had the participation of the following partners: Seychelles Qualifications Authority, Department of Public Administration, Ministry of Employment, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Seychelles Postal Services, Seychelles Peoples Defence Forces, Sacos Insurance Company and Mauritius Commercial Bank.
The Workshop allowed the participants the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions about the job requirements of a Human Resource Officer in terms of job descriptions (duties, responsibilities, conditions, entry requirements etc..) and specifications (skills, knowledge and attitude).
We take this opportunity to thank our partner companies for supporting us during the Job Analysis Workshop.
There are moments in our lives where it all comes together.
Waypoints they are called, where the road branches and more choices must be made. These moments are defined by what comes before and what will follow. These are the days of reckoning, of release, of intense joy, or disappointment over an opportunity not brought to fruition, and the realisation of one’s accountability in the process.
All experiences good and bad add to our personality. Some may slow us down and some will propel us forward with momentum. The unwritten message for all is to ‘reflect, find perspective, and carry on’. No-one is left behind.
The story hasn’t been written yet. Even if it is a milestone, it is but the close of a chapter and the authors will write, re-write, change bearing, till they do settle on a course that will take them home. Success or failure today is a door that opened or did not. But there are many doors in the hallway, even behind those that just opened.
For some the 2019 end of year assembly day was of rather greater significance than for others. It was the usual anticipated gathering of students, lecturers, management and support staff where thanks were said, students performed, awards were given, and everyone was cheering when their peers did well on stage. There were success stories, and lessons to be learned.
But it was also, more importantly, the day of result letters being handed to students. There was anxiety, elation, sadness, resolve, disappointment, name it. For a day SBSA felt like a big airport where people are on their way to very different destinations. But all are going to arrive home, eventually.
And last but not least, this day also meant that it finally had arrived … the holidays.
Carry on SBSA students, wherever you may be.
Seychelles Business Studies Academy hosted its annual Recruitment Fair on its premises at Anse Royale on Friday 8th November 2019. For the official launching of the fair, in attendance were the 92 final year learners of 2017-2019 cohort, completing the Diploma in Business Studies and Accounting and the Diploma in Office Management & Administration programmes. After spending 3 years at the academy, they are preparing to follow either a career path or undertake further studies, upon completion of their studies on 6 December 2019.
The Fair had the participation of the following companies; Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Civil Status, Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Ministry of Finance, Judiciary of Seychelles, PUC, SCAA, SPDF, Barclays Bank (part of the ABSA group), MCB, ACM & Associates, ANHRD, and University of Seychelles.
The SBSA Director, Mrs Josianne Bristol, addressed the students urging them to seize the opportunity to get as much information from the various organisations who had responded positively to the invitation to join the SBSA Annual Recruitment Fair. For the companies present, Mrs Bristol pointed out to them that it was “an exclusive chance to meet with prospective candidates who are about to be formally qualified for the positions you need to fill. You can save your company time and money by having this first meeting with potential candidates … before the best ones go out into the broader job market”.
The opening ceremony had introductory presentations from various companies partaking in the event; those were kicked off by a Senior Employment Officer who talked about the Special Employment Programme known as “My First Job Scheme”. It was followed by MCB – which since the first recruitment fair in 2016, has been one of SBSA’s loyal partners, including taking on graduates under the My First Job Scheme programme. Barclays Bank (of the ABSA group) briefed students on the ReadyToWork Programme; a programme which came about following a signed Memorandum of Understanding with Barclays Bank in 2017, thus enabling SBSA to offer its graduates an opportunity to earn an extra qualification. The final presentation was by ANHRD which emphasised on Further Studies – access and Opportunities. The presentations served as an opening to the long awaited day for the learners.
The Fair granted the learners the opportunity to have one-to-one conversations with the officials from the organisations and companies present and thus, cleared any uncertainties and established a connection. In turn, the potential employers laid out their requirements and expectations for new recruits. This paved the way to have the learners enlisted as potential employees, so anyone who appeared to make the cut could be scheduled for interview at a later date.
Learners claimed to have been truly enriched by the SBSA Recruitment Fair and thought it was ‘insightful’ as Tania Marie, who will be completing her studies from the Office Management and Administration, puts it, ‘…each organisation had a chance to display what they are offering… the students were given the chance to apply or discover a post they are interested in …’.
To note, all the organisations which participated in the SBSA Recruitment Fair fulfilled the SBSA learners’ expectations, in particular SCAA and SPDF two companies which had the students immensely fascinated by their range of career progressions.
In her closing remarks, a final year learner, Beverly Brioche, concluded that, “the success factor for Seychelles many years ahead is young people, educated people who are prepared to take key positions that form bricks in a sustainable future” and she advised her colleagues to seize the opportunity to register for their respective future jobs and take the first step in building their career.
SBSA Recruitment Fair extended throughout the rest of the day with learners visiting different organisations based in classrooms and it was termed as a ‘fruitful day’ by the majority of the learners and participants from the world of work.
On 9th July 2019, the SBSA in-service Office Administration 2019-2020 cohort held a training meeting which however dealt with a real subject, the delivery of the Business Communication course itself.
In its drive to add real value to the skill set already acquired and brought to the academy by the in-service students, the aim of the meeting was to sharpen inter-communication and presentation skills while having to discuss, as in the working world, delicate matters. The meeting was recorded in full and will be reviewed for training purposes.
The students very actively participated and the event was not distinguishable from a real-life meeting. The proud group posed for a picture afterwards.
15 June 2019 saw the next edition of the National Inter-School Athletics Championships. SBSA fought bravely on the field, the track and last but not least on the tribunes, lest the crowd was in doubt whether the SBSA family had come in full force. We took home the cups for Best Spectators and The Fair Play Cup for competitors.
On Friday 7 June 2019, Air Seychelles Ltd and the Seychelles Business Studies Academy (SBSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding marking the beginning of a partnership between the airline and the training institution, aiming to establish a framework for technical cooperation and assistance.
Air Seychelles is the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles, and was established in 1978 to begin long-haul services in 1983. The airline currently offers international flights to Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg, Mumbai and Mauritius. Air Seychelles also offers more than 350 domestic scheduled flights a week between Mahe and Praslin, in addition to charter services to islands within the archipelago. Air Seychelles remains a pillar of tourism, the island nation’s strongest and growing economic sector. The airline maintains a strategic partnership with Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates and a 40 percent stakeholder.
The aim of the Memorandum of Understanding is to foster a relationship and mutual understanding between SBSA and Air Seychelles Limited to collaborate in achieving a common and shared vision for the provision of skilled graduates for employment and the localisation of posts in the Company. Through an agreed programme of Work Based Experience (WBE) for the SBSA learners in the different trades, learners themselves will be able to be groomed by the company with the possibility of full employment after graduation.
The Memorandum’s has a varied scope and ranges from Air Seychelles’ participation in SBSA events such as graduations, festivals, conferences, presentations; recruitment fairs, promoting careers in aviation, provision of internship to SBSA students, to SBSA providing training to employees of Air Seychelles, promoting Air Seychelles Limited as one of its partners, and delivering competent graduates to work at Air Seychelles Limited.
The Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Air Seychelles Ltd Head Office at Pointe Larue, by Air Seychelles Ltd Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Remco Althuis, the airlines’ Chief People and Performance Officer, Mr. Japha Ally, SBSA Director Mrs. Josianne Bristol and the Vice Chairperson of SBSA Governing Board, Mrs. Dinaz Van Der Lans. The ceremony will be attended by key officials from both establishments, the Principal Secretary for Tertiary Education and Human Resource Development as well as SBSA students currently on Work Based Experience at Air Seychelles Ltd
On 15th May 2019, SBSA held its second edition of ‘International Day of Families’ under the theme ‘Families and Climate Action’.
The event took place in the theatre and was solemnly opened by Father Colin and Reverend Benoit, engaging the students in prayer and reflection upon what seems to somehow come natural to the ‘SBSA family’ (term coined by the Director), but receives a special mention on this day.
It takes but a few weeks of being ‘in residence’ on the campus. To the outsider it may seem that SBSA is just another school. The keen observer however might notice there is a subtle tradition of courtesy and politeness, kindness and accessibility across levels. It starts from the top. Students try to see lecturers and management rather than blend in with the wallpaper to avoid them, and vice versa. There is no military style pecking order, tutors and tutored interact as people and yet respect each other’s roles. It’s not like no stern words are never used or things never turn sour. People are people. But at SBSA the starting point is up there. The bar is set high, so when we drop we know where to go back to.
As celebrations go, they start living a life of their own. As the day’s event started off formal and dignified, followed by addresses from management, things became somewhat less formal. The master of ceremony kicked in and announced a plethora of presentations by the various classes, In the end, everyone had a jolly good time and it didn’t feel like a school any more.
Not to mention that after the show(s), students retired to the class compound and invited lecturers to join them in their activities. If teaching and gaining knowledge were possibly not the first order of the day, the connections and friendships forged were well worth it. The SBSA family will live on.
On 30th April and 6th May 2019, SBSA once again opened its doors to aspiring S5 students from public and private schools, allowing them to see and experience the academy first-hand. They were given formal presentations relating to the various courses taught at the academy, followed by visits to ongoing classes and a general tour of the academy, during which they met with members of the management team, lecturers and students alike, who were happy to show them around. We hope to see them around in 2020.
On 12th April 2019, President Danny Faure visited the Anse Royale Post-S5 educational establishments and among them was the Seychelles Business Studies Academy, which added quite a touch of excitement to the normal teaching day. The President visited ongoing classes and spoke to students, teaching and supporting staff alike, and showed a very keen interest in all aspects of operation of the Academy.