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Sagicor Mentors Interns

Published:Wednesday | July 20, 2016 | 12:38 PM
The new group of summer mentorship employees at a recent orientation in the Sagicor Auditorium are all smiles for the camera.

Sagicor's commitment to improving the lives of people in the communities in which they operate continues to be realised by its Summer Mentorship Programme. This year, the programme will engage over 250 students between May and September, with Sagicor investing close to $20 million over the period.

Sagicor's mentorship programme, which began more than 15 years ago, employs students, referred to as 'mentees', from universities and sixth-form high-school students in Jamaica. Mentees are placed in various departments and branches across the group and are given the opportunity to get on-the-job experience.

Vice-President of Group Human Resources Karl Williams said the students are given the opportunity to understand and be involved in the world of work and, if they perform well, can gain employment with the company.

"The value to students who experienced the programme is great, as the objective of the programme is to prepare young people for the corporate world. In addition, some of these mentees are given full-time employment with Sagicor after completing the programme," Williams said.

Sagicor Group Jamaica is a financial services conglomerate. The group offers products and services in the areas of banking, insurance, investments, real estate, asset management and retirement planning. Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited is the leading life and health insurance provider in Jamaica.

Davianne Tucker, one of the mentees in the Sagicor Mentorship Programme, is excited about her experience thus far.

"Leaders do not create followers, they create more leaders, and that is what Sagicor has done for me within my time in this programme," Tucker said.

The programme was conceptualised with the aim of providing students an opportunity to not only gain valuable work experience and build confidence, but also to make a seamless transition into the workforce.