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Undergraduate Students Gain International Work Experience

Published:Monday | April 25, 2016 | 4:00 AM
Michael Williams, head of the Finance and Accounting Unit of the Mona School of Business and Management.

The Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM), in collaboration with Ernst and Young and other private sector companies, continue to create job opportunities for its undergraduate students through its Co-operative in Accounting Education Programme.

The continued partnership with Ernst and Young, Jamaica is facilitated by Allison Peart, country managing partner, who recently accommodated 10 students at the firm's prestigious New York City office.

Kerry-Ann Reid, a third-year student shared her experience: "We were are able to apply classroom knowledge, earn an income to pay tuition fees, obtain hands-on working experience in the field of auditing, taxation and financial reporting and travel and experience new cultures."

Selecting Ernst and Young

Michael Williams, head of the Finance and Accounting Unit at MSBM explained that Ernst and Young was selected as their goals are compatible with the institution.

"For the current period they have committed to a paid placement of 50 students. Additionally, they have incorporated their regional branch by accommodating eight students in Trinidad and Tobago. Two students from the University of the West Indies's Western Jamaica campus and one student from Belize are currently participating in the programme," Williams noted.

Peart said "Ernst and Young is focused on recruiting students with energy, enthusiasm and the courage to lead. We are committed to providing exceptional and unique opportunities for students to enhance their work readiness in the global marketplace and by sending UWI students to work in our offices overseas and hosting foreign students at our offices in Jamaica, we are helping to build a better working world."

The Accounting Co-operative Programme is a collaborative, structured educational strategy integrating classroom studies, through work experiences in the audit and assurance, taxation and accounting field. It caters to providing job experiences through the partnership with companies, for students to gain experience and earn as they study while preparing them for the corporate world.

"The students will have the benefit of up to eight months of work experience upon completing their undergraduate degrees. PricewaterhouseCoopers also participates in the programme. It is expected that between 50 and 60 UWI students will receive paid placements through the programme each year," Williams said.