Students benefit from Petrojam's summer programme
More than 200 students have benefited from Petrojam Limited's annual 12-week summer employment programme, which ends today.
The programme, which started on June 5, provided secondary- and tertiary-level students, ages 16 to 25 years, the opportunity to gain solid work experience in a number of disciplines, including engineering, safety, logistics, marketing, accounting, legal services and human resources.
Yolande Ramharrack, Petrojam's manager for human resource development & administration, noted that Petrojam's contribution to continuous learning has been significant.
"This is a demonstration of the company's commitment to ensure the sustainability of a well-trained, skilled work force nationally, through exposure to various areas of work at the Petrojam Refinery," Ramharrack said.
"The students are reminded of Petrojam's values teamwork, integrity, safety and health, customer focus and excellence. We hope that they made the most of this invaluable experience and use the opportunity to learn and grow," she added.
The participants were deployed to departments relevant to their fields of study, while others were placed at off-site locations, including the Supreme Court, Women's Centre, Diabetes Association of Jamaica, the National Land Agency, among others, and Petrojam provided the remuneration.
Some students were assigned specific projects during their stint, and, at the end of it, were tasked with doing a formal presentation of their findings and recommendations.
Third-year UTech student Xavier Blackwood, who completed the first phase, was grateful for the employment opportunity
"During my six weeks, I've learnt that maintenance, plays a major role in this organisation without maintenance the plant or business cannot operate. I have done numerous things I would not have had access to if I wasn't a part of this summer programme, and I really appreciate this," he said.