M.H. Alshaya Co. is congratulating students from Kuwait’s Society for the Guardians of the Disabled (KSGD), following their successful completion of the 2014 Summer Internship Programme. Eleven students completed the internship, which saw them work in Starbucks, Debenhams and Mothercare stores for three weeks in August. The programme, now in its fifth year, gives students with disabilities a chance to familiarise themselves with the work environment and gain some valuable life experience.
The majority of the participants were taking part for a second or third year, having benefited from their experience in previous years and store staff at Starbucks, Debenhams and Mothercare were pleased to welcome back the students. The summer programme follows on from a similarly successful internship with KSGD which ran this spring.
The summer internship programme concluded with a recognition ceremony held at the IHOP restaurant at The Mall, The Avenues, which celebrated the interns’ accomplishments during their work experience. During the ceremony, which was held in the presence of their families, certificates were presented to the graduates for their achievements by His Excellency the Governor of Farwaniya, Shaykh Faisal Homoud Al-Malek Al-Sabah; Vice President of KSGD, Hana’a Al-Sane; and Alshaya’s HR Nationalisation Officer, Mubarak Almusallam.
Commenting on the 2014 programme with KSGD, Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co. said: “It has been a great honour for us to welcome back students from KSGD again this year and give them the opportunity to improve their skills and confidence and help them achieve their future aspirations. We are very proud of their achievements and offer our congratulations.”
Alshaya’s partnership with the KSGD internship programme began in 2010, initially offering candidates part-time work experience in Starbucks branches across the country. Now, covering three brands operated by Alshaya, interns receive supervised training in retail sales in several branches of Starbucks, Mothercare, and Debenhams.
Alshaya’s partnership with KSGD is part of its wider commitment to developing the skills and talents of young Kuwaitis, providing them with an equal chance to learn and develop.