JIS News

Some 65 tertiary level students from Jamalco’s operating areas in Manchester and Clarendon are gaining valuable job experience, while earning a stipend for back-to-school expenses under the company’s annual summer employment programme.
The initiative targets children of Jamalco employees, as well as students from communities in its operating areas.
Jamalco’s Human Resources Manager, Christopher Buckmaster, said that the programme, which got underway on June 1 and concludes on August 31, is a very “important one, because the students need the kind of exposure they get here before they enter the world of work.”
He told JIS News that despite the challenging economic times, the company decided to increase the number of students employed from 50 to 65 in response to the hundreds of applications received.
Compensation and Benefits Administrator, Jennifer Bell, who manages the programme, said that the students are placed in areas where there is need for assistance or which fit in with their field of study. “They have been placed across our operations at the refinery, port and mines,” she informed.
For example, Engineering students from the University of Technology (UTech) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) are carrying out experiments in bauxite processing; Accounting students are involved in auditing the company’s assets; while Geology students are assisting in mining operations.
Ms. Bell told JIS News that the students will work for six-week intervals, but some will remain longer because of the needs in particular areas and the contribution they can make in addressing those needs.
Second year Actuarial Sciences student at the UWI, Rajhni Williams, who is working in the accounting department, told JIS News that the experience has been valuable. “I’ve learnt a lot and have developed my knowledge in accounting. It has been fun, but educational,” he said.
Mico University student, Stacy-Ann Radney, said that the summer job will help her to pay boarding fees and buy books. “It is a great help. I am learning to interact with persons from different backgrounds,” she said.

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