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Petrojam helps hundreds to secure summer jobs

Published:Friday | August 1, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Jermaine Francis, Staff Reporter

ONE STATE agency has come up with a novel idea to assist tertiary and secondary school students to gain valuable work experience and earn money to offset their back-to-school expenses during the summer holidays.

Petrojam Limited said it has expanded its summer work programme beyond just employing students to work at their own offices and plant.

The company said for this summer alone, it has 222 students participating in the programme in 14 other institutions including The Supreme Court, Jamaica Cancer Society and The Rural Agricultural Development Authority.

Nordia Sandford, acting manager for human resource development and administration at Petrojam, said in addition to providing the students with a source of income, the initiative also provides them with valuable work experience.

"We are pleased to be able to help these students to hone their talents and develop an understanding and appreciation for the demands of the work environment, she told The Gleaner, adding that they are given adequate compensation to assist with the costs of school fees and school supplies.

Anjonique Edwards, third- year chemical engineering student at the University of Technology (UTech), said she is grateful for the programme and the opportunities that it has presented to her.

"This is my second time in the programme and it's one of the best things that could have happened to me. Not only am I working in the field that I want to, but I am also earning some much-needed income that would go a far way in helping me go back to school," Edwards said.

Latoya Pennant, Petrojam's public-relations officer, explained that the company cannot absorb all the students who apply, therefore, they arrange with government and non-government organisations to take on the students while they provide remuneration.

She added that students are generally placed in the areas that they are studying.

Electrical engineering major at UTech, Anthony Logan, said that this is crucial, especially for engineering students, as it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to find summer jobs in their respective fields.