LIME An­swers the Call for SLHTA Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gramme

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

LIME is giv­ing eight youths the op­por­tu­nity to ben­e­fit from real-life work ex­pe­ri­ence by be­com­ing part of the LIME fam­ily via the Saint Lu­cia Ho­tel and Tourism As­so­ci­a­tion (SLHTA) Ap­pren­tice­ship and Skills Train­ing for Em­ploy­ment Ini­tia­tive.

This ini­tia­tive is de­signed to ex­pose some 1,600 young peo­ple to train­ing and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the ho­tel and tourism sec­tor, as well as other in­dus­tries.

The pro­gramme is jointly funded by the SLHTA and the Min­istry of Fi­nance. LIME is among the first com­pa­nies to whole­heart­edly em­brace the ini­tia­tive by tak­ing eight young trainees on board.

Over the next eight weeks the youths will be ex­posed to var­i­ous de­part­ments in the com­pany in­clud­ing hu­man re­sources, mar­ket­ing, sales and ad­min­is­tra­tion. They will re­ceive men­tor­ship and hands-on train­ing in high­skilled oc­cu­pa­tions that are both chal­leng­ing and rel­e­vant to em­ploy­ment in to­day's econ­omy.

Upon suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of their ap­pren­tice­ship, the grad­u­ates will be awarded a cer­tifi­cate of com­ple­tion by the SLHTA and LIME. They will also be listed on the SLHTA skills data­base to which em­ploy­ers will be given ac­cess to screen pos­si­ble ap­pli­cants for va­can­cies.

CEO of LIME St. Lu­cia, Geral­dine Pitt, said, “This ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme could not have come at a bet­ter time and we ap­plaud SLHTA for tak­ing this ini­tia­tive. This is yet another proud mo­ment for LIME as it builds upon our long history of de­vel­op­ing young minds through in­tern­ship and ap­pren­tice­ship. With the pos­i­tive at­ti­tude ex­pressed by the young par­tic­i­pants and their ea­ger­ness to work and learn, there is no doubt that this will be a fruit­ful ex­change as they have pre­sented great ideas on how, as a com­pany, we can im­prove on our qual­ity of ser­vice and our prod­uct of­fer­ing to the youth.”

Miss Pitt added: “All too of­ten when our youth and young adults seek em­ploy­ment, em­ploy­ers re­quire job ex­pe­ri­ence yet few are will­ing to pro­vide them with that first op­por­tu­nity. That's the beauty of this pro­gramme; for many it's a place to start and we are ex­cited to be a part of their long jour­ney into the world of work.”

Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of the SLHTA, Mr. Noorani Azeez said, “We are de­lighted to have LIME on board as a part­ner. We are all too aware of the ur­gent need for greater stream­lin­ing of train­ing pro­grammes that ad­dress em­ploy­ers' con­cerns about the poor qual­ity of ap­pli­cants seek­ing em­ploy­ment, their lack of ex­pe­ri­ence and mis­con­cep­tions about the re­al­i­ties of work in the hos­pi­tal­ity and other sec­tors. LIME and our other part­ners in the pro­gramme know that they are not only help­ing young peo­ple achieve their dreams, they are also de­vel­op­ing a world-class work­force for Saint Lu­cia in the 21st cen­tury.”

LIME has given scores of sec­ondary school stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to ben­e­fit from in­tern­ships and real-work ex­pe­ri­ence over the years. They in­clude 16 stu­dents from the En­tre­pot Sec­ondary School who par­tic­i­pated in a three-day work-study pro­gramme a few years ago, dur­ing which they were ex­posed to a num­ber of jobs in re­tail, cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence, fi­nance, hu­man re­sources, cor­po­rate sales, ser­vice sup­port de­liv­ery and mar­ket­ing. They all said they found it an im­mensely en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence, and some ad­mit­ted it had taught them that ed­u­ca­tion is not just about what hap­pens in the class­room.

LIME Mar­ket­ing Ex­ec­u­tive, Shar­lene Jn. Bap­tiste (far right) with par­tic­i­pants in the SLHTA

Ap­pren­tice­ship Pro­gramme.

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