The students, from the Verchilds High School, Ms. Siedra Doyling of Stone Fort Project and Ms. Erica Richardson of Challengers Village, gained the respect of the board, management and staff of the Development Bank of St. Kitts and Nevis after they were nominated by their school to do their Job Attachment Programme at the Bank.
The two students were assigned to the Loans Management Division, which is the busiest and according to their supervisors, they performed their duties with distinction.
The two students said they collected enough information for their SBAs in Office Procedures that will see them perform well, and also gained work experience they feel would help them when they enter the field of work after school. Both Siedra and Erica said they loved the work atmosphere and the support they received from the staff and would love to work for the bank.
The school had requested a place for one or two students, and the Development Bank, according to the Human Resource Officer, Ms Coralee Benjamin, decided to take two students for the attachment. On reporting at the Bank, situated at the corner of Church and Central Streets in Basseterre, the two were attached to the Loans Management Division, which is the busiest.
“They were here for two weeks and we were quite happy with what they did,” said Mr David Fox, Manager Loans Management Division. “It was a good learning experience for them, and their total demeanour with regards to the workplace was definitely enhanced. They now have a better appreciation of what happens out in the workplace.”
According to Mr Fox, the two students had practice in office procedures and in customer service where they had an opportunity to deal with very pleasant customers.
“Generally the attachment provided them, in my opinion, with some tools which they should be able use well into their future, irrespective whatever direction they decide to go,” noted Mr Fox. “What they would have learnt here is going to help them in the future. I am satisfied they did what they were expected to do.”
The Job Attachment Programme was scheduled to run from Monday 5th December to Friday 16th December 2011