LIME Ap­pren­tices Earn their Grad­u­a­tion Caps

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Two months ago LIME rolled out the welcome mat for eight young St. Lu­cians, who were about to get their first op­por­tu­nity for work ex­pe­ri­ence with the na­tion’s lead­ing telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions provider.

Brim­ming with ex­cite­ment, the youth were grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive valu­able train­ing pro­vided as part of the SLHTA Ap­pren­tice­ship and Skills Train­ing for Em­ploy­ment Ini­tia­tive. LIME is an of­fi­cial par­tic­i­pant in the pro­gram.

Dur­ing their eight-week stint LIME’s HR depart­ment pro­vided the ap­pren­tices with, among other things, ca­reer guid­ance and coun­selling, psy­cho­me­t­ric assess­ments and taught them how to write a win­ning CV and im­prove their in­ter­view skills. They also gained valu­able hand­son train­ing by as­sist­ing the com­pany’s staff in var­i­ous de­part­ments, all in an ef­fort to make their ap­pren­tice­ship an im­mer­sive and truly re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. In ad­di­tion, they were en­cour­aged to share their ideas on how LIME could im­prove its qual­ity of ser­vice and make its prod­uct of­fer­ings more at­trac­tive to the youth.

On Fri­day the trainees were pre­sented with cer­tifi­cates af­ter suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing the ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gram. There was no mis­tak­ing the pride in their faces as they savoured what was for them a spe­cial mo­ment. They will all be listed on the SLHTA skills data­base which em­ploy­ers can ac­cess for pos­si­ble ap­pli­cants for va­can­cies.

Safia Alexan­der, one of the eight ap­pren­tices, had noth­ing but praise for the pro­gram. Like her other col­leagues, she said she en­joyed her stay at LIME and learned quite a lot.

“The ap­pren­tice­ship pro­gramme was a re­ally great ex­pe­ri­ence. Ev­ery day I got to learn some­thing new, It also helped me to de­velop new skills and grow pro­fes­sion­ally. Thank you SLHTA and LIME for this op­por­tu­nity!” Safia added. Geral­dine Pitt, LIME St. Lu­cia Coun­try Man­ager, com­mended the grad­u­ates for their ex­cel­lent per­for­mance and pos­i­tive at­ti­tude. “We felt hon­oured to have such a won­der­ful group of young peo­ple with us, all ea­ger to work and learn from this new ex­pe­ri­ence. They got some great in­sights into how to be well pre­pared for the chal­lenges of the work­place, and they learned new skills which can dra­mat­i­cally im­prove their chances of per­ma­nent em­ploy­ment,” said Ms Pitt. Scores of sec­ondary school stu­dents have ben­e­fited from in­tern­ships and real-work ex­pe­ri­ence at LIME over the years.

LIME ap­pren­tices in the SLHTA Ap­pren­tice­ship and Skills Train­ing for Em­ploy­ment Ini­tia­tive, along with LIME HR Man­ager Joseph Au­gustin and SLHTA of­fi­cial

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