Shipping industry gives back to the youth
Several members of the shipping industry recently gave back to the youth by participating in Junior Achievement Jamaica, a programme aimed at educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy.
The programme helps to prepare young people for the 'real' world by showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it; how to create jobs, which make their communities more robust; and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Students also learnt the value of contributing to their communities.
The shipping group, along with other corporate employees, volunteered at Ardenne High School, the first of three scheduled schools for the spring session of the Junior Achievement Programme. Jamaica College and Penwood High School are the other schools scheduled.
The participants representing the shipping industry were: Jean Hinds, internal auditor, Antoneisha Douglas, property and administrative assistant and Yahneake Sterling, public relations assistant, all of the Shipping Association of Jamaica(SAJ); Rachel Matthews, client services manager, Gateway Shipping Limited; Celia Hinds, director; Charisse Williams, business development officer; Asif Williams, business development officer; Suzette Dunstan, business development officer of Transocean Shipping Limited; as well as Steve Whyte, group information systems manager, and Valrie Campbell, safety, security and claims manager of Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL).
Transocean's Williams, noted that the experience was a rewarding one.
"It was an interesting experience working with the children. I feel more inclined to be engaged with the process, more frequently, because of this experience," Williams said. The reward of this venture will only come from continued support from corporate Jamaica."
"I'm hoping that students will have a highly motivated professional outlook in the future because of us exposing them to people from the corporate world," he continued.
Success of future generation
Rachel Matthews of Gateway Shipping echoed the sentiments of Williams, noting that the success of future generation lies solely in the leadership of corporate Jamaica and their involvement in the education process.
"I believe the Junior Achievement programme will assist the students in making wise career choices and effectively prepare them for the corporate world," Matthews said.
"It was a very rewarding experience," Jean Hinds of the SAJ said. "I am looking forward to the others sessions, as I am highly motivated to continue to share my experience and expertise based on the response from the students at Ardenne High School. The programme can only serve to create a better Jamaica for future generations."
Valrie Campbell of KWL agreed with Hinds and pointed out that for there to be a change in the future, young persons must be targeted. "If we train the youth to plan and apply their minds properly from now, it will help them as adults in their careers," Campbell said.
She added that the Junior Achievement Programme will allow for this. "It is good for them to get first- hand knowledge from those who are already in the working world, and find out the skills necessary to succeed. The programme will also help them to be better in school," Campbell concluded.
Junior Achievement Jamaica is being facilitated through partnership with the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and the United States Agency for International Development. Junior Achievement is taught to 9.8 million students in 122 countries.