DIGICEL IMPARTS PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE ON ELLERSLIE STUDENTS – Students More Aware of Path to Take

Twenty students from the Ellerslie Secondary school are now more aware of what path they should take to pursue a career in Information Technology (IT) or a related field, following the completion of a 4-week mentorship programme conducted by telecommunications company, Digicel.

Entitled the Corey Wood Mentorship Programme, in honour of the beloved Digicel technical employee who passed away earlier this year, the programme was aimed at giving young IT students an insight into non-traditional careers in IT, as well as assisting with their well-rounded personal development.

Marketing Executive for Digicel (Barbados) Limited, Shakida Grant, poses with students who attended the 4-week programme following a presentation of certificates of participation.

Marketing Executive for Digicel (Barbados) Limited, Shakida Grant, poses with students who attended the 4-week programme following a presentation of certificates of participation.

Each week, the twenty 5th form Ellerslie Secondary students were visited by various members of Digicel’s technical team, who made presentations on their personal journeys, as well as gave guidance to those interested in pursuing careers in this area.

Additionally, the students were also given invaluable information regarding their approach to the world of work by the company’s Human Resource Manager, while also receiving a motivational talk about overcoming life’s obstacles, from Barbados’ first visually impaired Exhibition winner and University of West Indies Law Faculty student, Janeil Odle.

Marketing Executive with Digicel (Barbados) Limited, and coordinator of the programme, Shakida Grant, said the 4-week programme was highly interactive, with the students displaying a great degree of enthusiasm and interest:

“Each week we went over the allotted time because of the number of questions asked by the students, which is proof of their thirst for knowledge and eagerness to take home information relevant to their interest in this area. Even though the programme targeted IT students, we even had a student who came to us on the day of the launch to ask to be included, simply because she saw an opportunity to learn more about the world of work in her pursuit of a successful career.”

Such was the success of the programme that members of staff have been asked to return to the school to impart their knowledge to a wider scale of students. We are happy about the success of the programme and look forward to working even more closely with Ellerslie, as well as expanding the programme to other schools around the island“, Grant said.

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