Petrocaribe Invests $8 Million In Summer Employment Programme; Successful First Week for StudentsPress Releases — June 27, 2018
The PetroCaribe Development Fund (PCDF) began the first week of its Summer Employment Programme on June 18, 2018. Of more than 4000 resumes received, 96 secondary and tertiary level students were selected for the first phase of the programmeand were placed at various public sector entities across the island.
Approximately 50 students will be placed in July, during the second phase. All interns will work for four weeks. The programme which is in its fifth year, has a budget of $8 million this year. It aims to provide Jamaica’s youth with experience in the working world along with a small stipend based on their level at school.
Students have been placed at nine partner institutions including the Police Records Office, the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency and the Jamaica Defence Force. Placements were determined on the areas of interest and/or areas of study stated in their resume, as well as the skills needed at the specific institutions.
The interns gave positive feedback on their experiences so far. Nineteen-year-old Janoy St. Jacques, an incoming medical student at the UWI Mona and aspiring neurosurgeon, is interning at the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF). He loves that the programme allows him to get an idea of the real workforce and hopes to use this experience to improve his interpersonal skills.
Rochelle McKenzie, a 22-year-old final year student at UWI Mona, is interning at the PCDF. She is a Computer Science major with a minor in Japanese, and is a member of the Jamaica Youth Chorale. During her first week at the PCDF, she performed duties such as graphic design, research and document review.
Twenty-year-old Ruel Andrews, a fourth year student at Excelsior Community College majoring in Information Technology, was placed at the All Island Banana Growers Association (AIBGA). Tasked with duties such as web design and managing the institution’s website, he says he is enjoying working with the people there.
Dr. Wesley Hughes, CEO of the PCDF, noted that “the summer employment programme is a very important mechanism for introducing our young people to the world of work. It’s a way for them to learn new skills, meet new friends and to earn money during the summer holidays”.