ANSA McAL (Barbados) interns give inaugural programme “thumbs up”
Seventeen interns who have just completed the first ever internship programme at ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd. have given the programme a resounding “thumbs up”, describing it as “top class” and “exceptional.”
The interns were selected from nearly 300 applicants to take part in ANSA McAL’s inaugural internship programme. And as a result, they’ve not only been able to apply the theory they would have learnt at university but have developed new skills.
In an emotional ceremony held recently at Tapas in Hastings, the interns received their certificates and bid farewell to managers from ANSA McAL’s subsidiaries including Bryden Stokes, Brydens Insurance, Trimart Inc., Standard Distributors, McEnearney Quality Inc., Consolidated Finance Co. Ltd. as well as the group’s head office.
Janiel Yearwood, 22, described her internship experience at ANSA McAL’s head office as “top class” and “nothing less than excellent“.
“It was invaluable and the staff were so welcoming and interested in what I had to say. They were always open and willing to learn. My boss, Kevin Drayton, I feel as if he saw things in me that I didn’t think I could do. Interns coming in next year will definitely learn something.”
Janiel will graduate this year with a first class honours degree in Psychology with Management from the University of the West Indies (UWI) and is being considered as valedictorian. During her internship she assisted in planning training sessions, communicated with managers, gained an understanding of the best ways to deal with particular situations.
She believes that a Human Resources (HR) role is perfect for her. “As a young professional, persons are often reluctant to hire you because they think you know the theory but don’t know how to apply it. But I definitely had the chance to apply my knowledge.”
Kris Cadogan, 20, also has an interest in HR. He interned at Consolidated Finance and Brydens Insurance and will graduate with a degree in Labour and Employment Relations. “The internship exceeded my expectations by further enhancing my repertoire of skills, knowledge and abilities concerning the HR function.”
Kris added that he had grown personally throughout his internship, noting that he realised that he could handle pressure better than expected. In terms of future plans, he will continue to pursue his professional and personal development. “I will stay up to date on the latest HR-related news, in order to keep abreast of the type of environment I want to get into. Ultimately I hope to work for two or three years and then pursue my Masters in an HR-related field.”
Kris encourages others to apply to the internship programme because it would give them “a complete understanding” of the world of work. “The staff members display an attitude of customer-centredness which was admirable. The attitude of professionalism is the single most important thing I take with me as I go onto future endeavours.”
Sharese Yarde, 22, who completed her degree in Management with International Business, also encouraged others to apply. “I was overwhelmed by the quality of ANSA McAL’s presence at the career fair at UWI. They were encouraging and enthusiastic; and there are so many different sectors.”
Sharese, who is leaning towards a career in logistics and marketing, said that the importance of teamwork stood out during her time with Bryden Stokes. “I worked in different departments and what stood out was teamwork, working together to get the job done. This really hit home to me.”
Arleigh Griffith, Warehouse Manager at Brydens Stokes, spoke highly of Sharese describing her as the best intern he’d worked with. “I hope she continues to be who she is – a great worker.”
In thanking the interns Nicholas Mouttet, Chief Executive Officer of ANSA McAL (Barbados) Ltd. said that the feedback was highly positive. “We can train you in specific areas but we cannot train attitude. If you don’t have the right attitude ultimately you’ll not succeed exceptionally. From what I understand you have displayed the right attitude and so I encourage you to continue to apply yourselves and to add value in whatever you do. If so you’ll be highly successful.“