WLBL For­mal­izes Part­ner­ship With SALCC

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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

Se­bastien Sanchez.

Done deal. Par­tic­i­pants and wit­nesses to the sign­ing

of an his­tor­i­cal MOU be­tween SALCC and WLBL.

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