JN summer employment benefits 143 students
Some 143 high-school and university students, many of them Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS) scholarship recipients, participated in the annual summer employment programme at JNBS this year.
"This work programme is structured to empower young people by exposing them to systems and processes that will assist them to become successful employees," Maximilian Campbell, JN Group human resource development executive, explained.
He said the students are assigned to departments and subsidiaries relevant to their areas of study; to give them practical experience to become more competent.
"This strategy is also beneficial to the society, as students are able to function efficiently and be of real assistance in their respective locations," Campbell maintained.
Shemion Fairley, a third-year student at the University of the West Indies/2011-2012 JNBS full-tuition scholarship recipient, is also currently doing summer employment at JNBS and its subsidiaries.
Happy for the experience
The Kingston resident, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in management accounting, welcomed the opportunity to work in JN's internal audit department.
"This is the first time I am working in an organisation; I was happy to gain experience in the business world. I am learning to embrace a good work ethic, such as taking a professional approach to my work, and observing the dress code. Overall, the experience is rewarding."
Fairley expressed appreciation to JN for providing him with employment which will assist with his educational costs this year, and also for the full-tuition scholarship which he was awarded last year.
"The scholarship award was a relief as both of my parents are unemployed. I am not sure how I would have managed without it," he stated. "Jamaica National is a good organisation and I appreciate them," he said.
Campbell disclosed that all JNBS tertiary scholarship recipients are included in the programme annually as one of the benefits of their scholarship. He said that "the programme is carried out in two phases". Phase one starts in the first week of June and phase two in mid July. On that basis, students are employed for a period of six weeks in each phase.