Students getting work exposure through new internship programme

Seventeen lucky university students and graduates have gotten their summer off to a great start. They will spend six to 12 weeks as interns across ANSA McAL’s group of companies, getting “real life” exposure to the world of work and developing valuable skills to succeed in their chosen professions.

Kris Cadogan (third from left) wants to put the theory he’s learned at UWI into practice during his stint with Consolidated Finance. Here he works on a poster as part of a group activity.

Kris Cadogan (third from left) wants to put the theory he’s learned at UWI into practice during his stint with Consolidated Finance. Here he works on a poster as part of a group activity.

The group’s internship programme is the first of its kind for ANSA McAL and attracted almost 300 applicants, says Group Organisational Development Manager, Monique Hassell.

“The response to our call for internship applications was amazing as we received 294 applications. The internships are across the group in the areas of Finance, Human Resources, Sales and Marketing, Administration, Inventory, I.T., Health and Safety and Insurance,” Ms. Hassell noted.

Apart from exposure to the world of work the interns will have the opportunity to attend personal development workshops covering topics such as communications skills, emotional intelligence and time management.

Ms. Hassell said that when the interns were being interviewed by officials across the group’s subsidiaries they were overwhelmed by their “keen, bright and enthusiastic” natures.

The interns in the ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd. internship programme get ready to tour the group's main facilities, transported in an 'ole-time' Bajan bus.

The interns in the ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd. internship programme get ready to tour the group’s main facilities, transported in an ‘ole-time‘ Bajan bus.

The interns met each other for the first time during a recent orientation at the Group’s Meadow Road facility in Wildey which included an overview of AMBL’s structure, subsidiaries and company policies as well as a group activity where the interns created and presented posters reflecting the group’s core values – Employee centred, Customer Excellence, Creativity and Innovation, Social Responsibility, and Respect and Trust.

Kris Cadogan, 20, who is studying Labour and Employment Relations at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus said he applied to the internship programme to put into practice the theory he was learning at UWI. “I would most like to take away with me the company’s unique culture,” Kris, who is interning within the group’s finance sector across Consolidated Finance Co. Limited and Brydens Insurance Inc., said.

Shanique Adams, 22, who has completed a degree in Accounting, is also an intern at Consolidated Finance. She described her first day working in the collections department as “exciting”. “I want to know more about the organisation and in so doing that will help me to chart my career path.”

Another intern, Nicholas Hoyte is a third-year Computer Science major at UWI. He’ll be spending the summer in AMBL’s I.T. department. He is looking forward to learning more about the role of computer science in business operations. “I wish to fully understand the importance of network infrastructure in relation to keeping a company together, and how vital that is,” he explained. “This opportunity will allow me to see how software is used to connect companies.”

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