UWI students benefit from internship

Eight University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill campus students have gained valuable work experience through the First Citizens UWI Internship Programme.

The six weeks initiative came to an end on Friday with a closing ceremony at the First Citizens Bank (Barbados) Limited’s Broad Street branch.

Chief Executive Officer, Interim, Carole Eleuthere-JnMarie explained the Programme is one which was started by the Trinidad and Tobago head office and this was the first year it was done locally. While with the Bank, the interns had projects to complete. They were individually assigned to the Processing Support, Human Resources, Marketing, Retail & Commercial, First Citizens Investment Services (FCIS) and Legal & Compliance departments.

“It was a success in many ways because education of the youth, looking after the welfare and wellbeing of our young and the culture, the arts and sports, these are some of our core values, these are some of the things that are part of the backbone of First Citizens as an indigenous regional organisation.”

She continued, “we see this opportunity with the UWI young interns as also a win-win because it is a benefit to us in terms of us assessing what the capabilities are out there but it is also a huge opportunity for those young people so that they understand what is the expectation from employers like ourselves and it also gives them relevant training…”

Looking ahead, Eleuthere-JnMarie said the local arm of First Citizens is in favour of continuing the Programme. “In alignment with our 25th anniversary, we see this as something we want to continue. It has been beneficial to us in Barbados.”

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