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Challenge to be innovative

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Challenge to be innovative

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LIME’S MANAGEMENT has urged students in its Summer Experience Programme to make innovation and entrepreneurship key factors when looking at future jobs.
Managing Director Alex McDonald challenged the 36 students taking part in this year’s programme not to limit themselves to traditional channels but be innovators in the workplace and creators of employment.
He told them: “Make your errors here; learn, grow and fly.”
This summer the internship for students between 17 and 23 years old will be spread over six weeks. The company noted that even though the global economic slowdown
has continued to affect most businesses, LIME took a decision to maintain the popular programme that has embraced over 100 school leavers and university students in the last three years.
The 36 successful students were chosen from among well over 300 applicants. Stephanie Catling-Birmingham, LIME’s head of human resources, noted
that the students were required to go through a full application process that included writing an essay and a curriculum vitae.
“We wanted to ensure, as in previous years, that our students have the full experience – similar to [what] they will encounter when they go after permanent jobs.
“This meant they were also invited in for interviews which were conducted by a panel. We continue to be impressed by the students who come before us for interviews. They are largely well prepared and we thank those guidance counsellors and institutions who have worked with us to encourage students to take the opportunity seriously.”
The opening ceremony at 3Ws Oval on the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus was followed by an all-day orientation session at which the students were exposed to presentations on the main areas of business.
They were also taken on tours of the buildings at Wildey and Windsor Lodge and introduced to the departments to which they will be attached. These range from workforce management and retail to finance and customer experience.  (PR)