WLBL Formalizes Partnership With SALCC
Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited (WLBL) and Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) came to the table for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding which will guide the strengthening of a unique internship programme. At a brief ceremony held at the Sales Office of WLBL, Vide Bouteille, the winner of the WLBL/ SALCC Internship Programme logo competition was also announced. Miss Jamisha Phillip, a student of the Division of Technical Studies, was the proud winner of a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.
In speaking directly to the partnership between the two entities, Prisca Eristhee-Delice, Human Resource Manager at WLBL, acknowledged that the very first step in any venture is usually the most difficult, and said she felt that the journey to get to this point had taken too long. “At WLBL we saw a need and so we started consultations .We held several meetings. This has been a learning process.”
In offering some background into the partnership, the WLBL Human Resource Manager indicated that the company recognized that there has been a challenge in the sourcing of technical expertise locally. “As a preferred employer we have had to advertise and sometimes re-advertise certain positions with a view to ensuring that we are able to get the right candidate,” she lamented.
“We adopted a problemsolving approach with a view to addressing the skills gap. The recognition of that need is one of the reasons why we are here today.”
Eristhee-Delice explained that through the internship programme, students would benefit from six weeks of training with the WLBL experts as well as structured mentoring and coaching.
“We also recognized that we needed to build a talent pipeline and we wanted to ensure that when your students left your walls that we could provide an opportunity for employment at WLBL.” She added that WLBL boasts of having modern technology and the right skills through constant training.
The partnership will also be extended to teachers and leaders of SALCC. “We have agreed that the lecturers will have the opportunity to be exposed to new machines and technology,” she explained. Additionally SALCC leaders will be given the opportunity to partake in WLBL regular leadership training programmes. In congratulating both parties Prisca EristheeDelice said that this is a new beginning - a beautiful journey, which will bear much fruit.
Sonia Severin of the SALCC, who worked on the process from the inception, offered some words on behalf of the tertiary institution: “The signing of this MOU marks a milestone in the development of the relationship between the two organizations and the brief pause for celebration,” she started off by saying.
She noted that the journey started in 2012 following the participation of the company in the school’s annual job fair for the first time. “The WLBL representative at the job fair recognized the potential in the students with whom they interacted and made the decision to approach the college to pursue the relationship through the development and implementation of an internship programme,” Severin explained. She went on to say that the initial discussions covered intern selection and insight into WLBL’s ethos and enactment of its corporate social responsibility.
“In today’s business environment, employers are increasingly requiring that potential employees are workforce ready. The inclusion of an internship in most SALCC programmes is a means of enabling students to interface with the world of work and we greatly appreciate WLBL’s input into this aspect of our programme,” Severin emphasized.
In sealing the partnership, Fortuna Anthony, Chairperson of the Board of Governors, SALCC, Urban Dolor Principal, SALCC, Sebastien Sanchez, Managing Director, WLBL and Prisca Eristhee-Delice, Human Resource Manager, WLBL, did the signing of the MOU.
Winner of the WLBL/SALCC logo competition, Jamisha Phillip, receives her prize from WLBL MD
Done deal. Participants and witnesses to the signing
of an historical MOU between SALCC and WLBL.