ANSA McAL scores highly with students at UWI career fair
ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd. has scored highly in its first showing at the Office of Student Services Career Fair held recently at the University of the West Indies.
The group which represents a plethora of brands and comprises several subsidiaries, including Bryden Stokes Ltd., Trimart Inc., Consolidated Finance Co. Limited, Standard Distributors (Barbados) Ltd., Brydens Insurance, and McEnearney Quality Inc., described the response to its participation at the annual fair as “tremendous”.
Human Resource Administrator with ANSA McAL, Nadia Jemmott said, “We have had a tremendous response and we’re definitely touching a lot of the student body. They are continually coming into our booth and interacting with a number of representatives across ANSA McAL including our group heads and president and CEO, Nicholas Mouttet. This demonstrates the accessibility of our senior teams.”
The group participated in the fair in order to better position the ANSA McAL brand as an Employer of Choice for graduates seeking employment. Group Organisational Development Manager, Monique Hassell said, “Our participation also supports our strategy to focus on succession planning as it relates to hiring and retaining the best talent. So we encouraged students to submit an application for our internship programme which will give them access to real-life exposure to the world of work, while at the same time providing valuable skills needed to succeed as a professional in their area of interest.”
The internships will run from June to August and vary in length from six to 12 weeks. “In addition to applying classroom knowledge and gain hands-on work experience, interns will also benefit from networking opportunities and will have the opportunity to attend additional personal development workshops,” Ms. Hassell added.
First-year computer science and accounting student, Jabarry Garnes said he was interested in the opportunities that could arise if he gained an internship at ANSA McAL. “I’ve learnt that ANSA McAL is more than what people think it is. I spoke with the general manager of Brydens Insurance, Richard Ince, about the importance of IT in the insurance and finance field. I felt very welcome coming in here; it’s the best booth I’ve seen so far,” he said.
Jewel Brewster, 19, who is studying chemistry with a minor in biology agreed. “I heard about ANSA McAL before but I didn’t know it had so many businesses. I’ve found out about the internship opportunities and am very excited. The staff in the booth were very friendly and enthusiastic. The other booths are OK but I like this one.”