CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has over the past few months opened its doors and embraced four students from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College as part of their summer internship programme.
The internship programme features students from the Business Studies Programme of the Division of Technical Education and Management Studies (DTEMS), and places them in various departments of CIBC FirstCaribbean in the Bank’s Bridge Street, Soufriere and Vieux Fort branches.
During the month of July, participating students will experience a wealth of benefits as part of the internship programme. The programme will not only provide valuable experience in a working environment, but will facilitate the ease of transition from being a student to entering the workforce and will be an excellent opportunity for personal growth and development.
Students participating in the programme include:
Bridge Street branch: Angela Lebrun
Soufriere branch: Merkel Albert
Vieux Fort branch: Edmona James & Amber Ambrose
Country Manager, Mrs. Mauricia Thomas-Francis, highlighted the importance of the programme stating: “We at CIBC FirstCaribbean remain passionate about making a positive impact in our community particularly for our youth. This internship programme will reward young St. Lucians with excellent exposure to real-world problems and issues that are not traditionally found in textbooks. In addition, an excellent education matched with real world experience will increase our interns’ marketability to future employers, an achievement that has become of absolute importance in this tumultuous economy.We are gratified by the knowledge that, upon completion of our internship programme, our interns will be better placed to achieve their career goals.”
During June, CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Country Manager embraced an opportunity to positively impact the livelihood of our nation’s youth via a presentation during a two day conference hosted by the Caribbean Youth Empowerment Programme (CYEP), under the theme “Investing in the Future: Empowering Young People”.
Mrs. Thomas-Francis spoke on issues surrounding youth employment, entrepreneurship, education, skills training and the challenges and opportunities facing the region’s youth, highlighting solutions from an economic and financial perspective.