Kuwait, 18 July 2012: A ceremony took place on 17 July 2012 at P.F. Chang’s, The Avenues, where students with special needs were recognised for their efforts in Alshaya’s Retail Summer Students Programme. As part of a collaboration between M.H. Alshaya Co. and the Kuwait Society for Guardians of the Disabled (KSGD), young Kuwaiti men and women with special needs were provided with part-time employment opportunities in several of Alshaya’s stores over the course of four weeks.
Participants were awarded certificates of achievement at the ceremony, which was also attended by family members, Chairwoman of the KSGD, Rehab Boresli, Vice President of the KSGD, Hana Al-Sane and Honorary Chairperson of the Kuwait Sport Club for the Physically Disabled, Sheikha Sheikha Al-Sabah.
This joint venture between Alshaya and the KSGD began with an initiative from Starbucks in 2010, which set out to offer participants of the programme with part-time positions across many of its stores in Kuwait. This year the programme oversaw 13 students placed across three Alshaya operated brands in the country; Mothercare, Debenhams and Starbucks.
The students performed various retail related tasks and functions and in addition, five of the students also acted as supervisors to their co-workers, guiding their performance throughout the summer initiative. All the students enjoyed their time with Alshaya and have learnt valuable retail and life skills from working alongside our instore teams.
“We were delighted to continue our collaboration with the KSGD this year,” said Mohammed Buhaimed, area human resources manager at M.H. Alshaya Co. “We’d like to thank them for their renewed interest in working with Alshaya to offer Kuwaiti youth with special needs opportunities for growth and development in such an important sector of our economy.”
Commenting on Alshaya’s role in supporting the KSGD initiative, Mohammed Alshaya, the Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co., said: “Alshaya is proud to partner with the KSGD to offer work and life experience opportunities to these young men and women with special needs. This partnership is part of our commitment to open up the world of retail to everyone and encourage learning and development.”