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August 11, 2014
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China Harbour provides summer employment for 22 students

Regional director of China Harbour Engineering Company, Zhongdong Tang, gives these summer trainees a description of the company's projects in the Caribbean and in Latin America. From left, Ashely Stephens, Romain Hanson, Jovan Bowes and Danielle Thomas. - Contributed

Every summer holiday many students ardently search for a position that not only provides hands on experience, but one that offers a small stipend to perhaps assist with upcoming university or other expenses.

Twenty-two students gained such an opportunity to do an internship at China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Americas-Division.

"You are joining a dynamic organisation that boasts several engineering wonders and continues to make its mark in several countries," remarked Zhongdong Tang, regional director of CHEC Americas. "We sincerely hope that you will find our enthusiasm contagious and will also embrace our environment which also boasts cultural diversity at all our locations, nationally and internationally.

Participating students are from a wide cross section of high schools including graduates of Wolmer's Boys, Wolmer's Girls, St Mary's College, Meadowbrook High, Campion College, Kingston College, Ardenne High, St. Andrew School for Girls, and Holy Childhood High. Some are currently enrolled at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, and the University of Technology.

Following the orientation session where participants were given an overview of the company and an opportunity to mingle with their peers, students were assigned to a number of departments including Human Resources, Business Development, Finance, Communication, General Affairs and the Major Infrastructure Development Programme.

A few 'budding' engineers were strategically placed at CHEC's Treadways site offices in Linstead, Caymanas, Wakefield and Golden Grove.

"Working with CHEC has been very exciting!" remarked Gillian St Marie, first year student and economics major at UWI. "I've been introduced to a different culture and I am experiencing what it is really like to be in the work world."

True to its mantra of 'bridging the gap through hands on experience', CHEC staff ensured that all students received firsthand exposure and hands on experience to the company's daily operations, and not limiting duties to merely photocopying and filing.

For example, former Wolmer's Boys graduate, Wayne-Andrew Jarrett, offered his photography skills as he was instrumental in capturing images of CHEC's project under construction at Caymanas and Treadways both in St Catherine. Students also received a tour of the first leg (Linstead-Moneague) of the North South Highway before the official opening on August 5.

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