August 29, 2012

Jamalco Provides Summer Employment for over 50 Students

This year the students who are studying a range of disciplines were employed across several departments where they had the opportunity to put book learning into practice.

I now have a greater appreciation for what I am learning in school, and realize that yes; people apply all of this on a daily basis here at Jamalco.” Marvin Dinnall, Chemical Engineering Student, University of Technology (UTECH).
“I have learnt to use these special pieces of equipment and I’ve come to appreciate the value of the work done by the laboratory in the production process,” Chris-Ann Watt, Industrial and Analytical Chemistry student, UTECH.
 
These are the appreciative comments from two of the 59 university and college students who are now completing their two to three months stints at Jamalco as part of the company’s summer employment programme.
 
This year the students who are studying a range of disciplines were employed across several departments where they had the opportunity to put book learning into practice.
 
Human Resources Manager, Christopher Buckmaster, explains that despite the ongoing challenges in the bauxite alumina industry, Jamalco remains committed to assisting students from its operating areas. “Jamalco has for over 20 years offered students the opportunity to work in its operations during the summer as this allows them to gain practical experience in the industry.” Mr. Buckmaster added that the “the summer programme also allows the participants to earn much needed funds that will assist them with back to school expenses."
 
Compensation and benefits administrator Jennifer Bell, who manages the programme, says that the students were placed in critical such as engineering, the laboratory, the accounting and administrative offices, as well as the lands and mining operations departments, among others, in response to the needs of these areas. 
 
James Lattibeaudiere, a Computer Science student at the University of the West Indies has learnt how to interact with internal customers of the Information Systems department where he was assigned.  “Providing customer support has helped to improve my skills and practice in problem solving and in giving excellent customer service,” he said.
 
The consensus among the students is that their experience at Jamalco was second to none. “I have learnt team work and how to adapt easily and realize there is much more to learn after university,” added Chris-Ann.

Chris-Ann Watt sorts bauxite samples in the lab.

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Student, Chris-Ann Watt sorts bauxite samples in preparation for testing in Jamalco’s Laboratory.