Get an edge by preparing yourself for today’s world of work was the key message to participants of the Young Employee Socialization (YES) training workshop. The event was the June 30 opening of the YES workshop that is coordinated annually by the Eastern Caribbean Institute of Banking (ECIB) and held at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Now in its 13 year, YES attracted over 20 young persons who have recently left institutions of learning in St. Kitts and Nevis. In addressing the participants, Mr. Dave Ramsumair, Country Manager of the Bank of Nova Scotia, said the workshop was an important tool that provided information that is not necessarily taught in classrooms. He described the ECIP training program as one that is “empowering young people with skills that are important in ‘today’s difficult global environment”. He told participants that through the YES training offered, “We want you to be in a position to get the world to say ‘Yes!’ to you.”Mr. Ramsumair admonished the participants that “first impressions are lasting. Be careful. Dress for success. Prepare yourself.”Of vital importance is integrity. “This is something money cannot buy. Do not compromise your integrity. Start your careers with a lot of integrity in mind. Integrity is at the heart of banking and any business that you go to. It makes a difference,”Ramsumair emphasized. Speaking about the YES training workshop, Mr. Analdo Bailey, the Chief Executive Officer of ECIB, said the program was designed to help young school graduates bridge the gap between school and work. The training provides a forum where participants could interact with professionals drawn from the banking and financial sectors. The workshop would address issues of attitude and behavior, said Mr. Bailey. There is a focus on self-development, which he told participants would come with their active participation in the training. He assured them that they would leave as different persons than when they first came. “The decision that you have made to attend this workshop, is a step that is likely to influence the rest of your days,’said Bailey. Several representatives from banking institutions and the Chamber of Industry and Commerce were present during the ceremony.