First Citizens UWI Internship Program

July 8th, 2020    |   Related To: First Citizens


The 2020 edition of the First Citizens UWI Internship Program kicked off on Thursday 2nd July 2020. This year the Group has taken on 22 Interns from the Management Studies department and the Department of Computing and Information Technology, UWI. Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19 which threatened to suspend the initiative altogether, both the UWI and First Citizens agreed to a shortened 6-week internship period to ensure that the students were able to benefit from the hands-on, project-based, learning and real-world experience afforded them by participation in the program.

At the Trinidad and Tobago Energy Conference held in February 2020 Karen Darbasie, GCEO indicated that First Citizens was willing to partner with all its customers to help connect the strength of the region as they cross borders to harness the necessary skills and labour force, emphasizing the Group’s role in the energy and service sectors. She said First Citizens was willing to partner with the educational system to craft the programs that will equip young people with the skillset that the jobs of the future will require. She further noted that the financial sector was willing to work toward identifying areas of opportunity to engage and accelerate its participation in renewable energy projects.

We’re really excited about Cohort 2020.
Professor Sterling Frost as he gave his remarks at the UWI Internships orientation 2020
Passionate about the need to nurture and develop human capital, Professor Sterling Frost DCEO, Operations and Administration, has for the last 14 years been an adjunct Lecturer of Organisational Behaviour and Development at The University of the West Indies for both the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Eugene Okpere – Vice President and Country Chair, Shell Trinidad and Tobago, Facilitator – Prof. Avinash Persaud, Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of Barbados on Investment and Financial Services, Mark Loquan – President, National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago, Karen Darbasie – Group CEO, First Citizens, Vincent Pereira – President, BHP Trinidad and Tobago during the TT Energy Conference 2020 Platinum Sponsors Panel Discussion. Other members of the panel included Darryl White – CEO, RBC Financial (Caribbean), Claire Fitzpatrick – Regional President, BP Trinidad and Tobago.
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