LUCELEC GIVES MORE STU­DENTS THE OP­POR­TU­NITY TO IN­TERN FOR THE SUM­MER

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Thirty-one-year-old Quintin Son may not fit the pro­file of your av­er­age in­tern. One of forty-one in­terns cho­sen for the St. Lu­cia Elec­tric­ity Ser­vices Lim­ited (LUCELEC) Sum­mer Em­ploy­ment Pro­gramme, Son is work­ing in the LUCELEC Gen­er­a­tion Depart­ment.

Hav­ing just com­pleted a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing course at the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Son is older than his fel­low in­terns, many of whom are on va­ca­tion from se­condary schools, the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege, and univer­sity. They are also more likely to be in their late teens or early twen­ties. But Son is not daunted. He says the op­por­tu­nity to work in his cho­sen field at LUCELEC is one of which he in­tends to take full ad­van­tage.

“I be­lieve work­ing here will give me an edge be­cause every­one shares knowl­edge and it is a con­tin­u­ous learn­ing process. This in­tern­ship is giv­ing me prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence I know will make me bet­ter in my cho­sen pro­fes­sion,” he says.

Twenty-year-old MarieClaude Honore says the same. Hav­ing just com­pleted a preengi­neer­ing course at the UWI St Au­gus­tine cam­pus in Trinidad, Honore wants to be an en­gi­neer. An in­tern in the LUCELEC Plan­ning Depart­ment she says what she is learn­ing will give her a pro­fes­sional edge. “This is my first time get­ting for­mal work ex­pe­ri­ence, get­ting in­sight into the cor­po­rate world where I am work­ing with other peo­ple in an en­vi­ron­ment that is very dif­fer­ent and I am learn­ing a lot. It is an ex­pe­ri­ence I will not take for granted, one I am very grate­ful for,” she says.

Be­gin­ning in the early 1980s and through­out the years, the LUCELEC Sum­mer Em­ploy­ment Pro­gramme has nur­tured hun­dreds of Saint Lu­cian youth and is a tan­gi­ble op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to get an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the de­mands of work­ing in an en­vi­ron­ment that places a pre­mium on ef­fi­ciency.

Quin­ton Son, a re­cent grad­u­ate of the Sir Arthur Lewis Com­mu­nity Col­lege, is putting his ed­u­ca­tion to use in­side the LUCELEC Gen­er­a­tion Depart­ment where he is sta­tioned as a sum­mer in­tern.

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