Students Gain Solid Work Experiences from Petrojam Summer Programme

Kingston, Jamaica - August 17, 2017- Over 200 students have benefited from Petrojam Limited’s Annual twelve-week Summer Employment Programme, which ended August 25. The programme which started on June 5 provided secondary and tertiary level students, ages 16 to 25 years, provided solid work experiences in a number of disciplines including Engineering, Safety, Logistics, Marketing, Accounting, Legal Services and Human Resources.

Petrojam’s Manager, Human Resource Development & Administration, Yolande Ramharrack noted that Petrojam’s contribution to continuous learning for over twenty-four of its thirty- five years’ history, has been significant “This is a demonstration of the company’s commitment to ensure the sustainability of a well-trained, skilled work force nationally, through exposure to various areas of work at the Petrojam Refinery,” said Ramharrack.

 “The students are reminded of Petrojam’s values - Teamwork, Integrity, Safety & Health, Customer Focus and Excellence. We hope that they made the most of this invaluable experience and use the opportunity to learn and grow,” she added.

The participants are deployed to departments across the Refinery relevant to their fields of study while others are placed at off-site locations including the Supreme Court, Women’s Centre, Diabetes Association of Jamaica, the National Land Agency, among others and Petrojam provides remuneration.

Some students are assigned specific projects during their stint; at the end of which they do a formal presentation of their findings and recommendations.

Third year student UTECH student, Xavier Blackwood, who completed the first phase, was grateful for the employment opportunity.  

“During my six weeks I’ve learned that maintenance plays a major role in this organization; without maintenance the Plant or business cannot operate. I have done numerous things I would not have had access to if I wasn’t a part of this summer program and I really appreciate this,” he said.

Kimberly Whyte, a final year Computer Science student at the University of the West Indies is also happy to be a part of the programme. “IT plays a major role in every organization; if there is an issue with a simple thing as sending an email IT has to step in to correct this issue as soon as possible. Due to the high demand on the IT department and the fact that its fast paced, it gave me real life insight into the world of work, which I’m forever grateful for,” Whyte noted.

The Annual Summer Programme forms part of the company’s corporate social responsibility Programme which focuses on education, sports, community development, environment, health and safety.

Petrojam Limited is the sole oil refinery in Jamaica, which was purchased from ESSO by the Government of Jamaica in 1982. This year the company celebrates thirty-five (35) years of service to Jamaica.