Kuwait, 9 August 2015: More than 150 Kuwaiti students last week took their first steps into the world of retail, reporting for work at stores across the country as retail operator M.H. Alshaya Co.’s annual Summer Internship Programme kicked off.
The popular programme, which is run in partnership with Kuwait’s Manpower and Government Restructuring Programme (MGRP), offers young Kuwaitis a month-long exposure to the diverse world of retail.
Now in its eight year, the Alshaya Summer Retail Internship Programme sees Kuwaiti school and university students spend four hours a day in one of Alshaya’s stores, cafes and restaurants from 2 August to 3 September. Brands involved in the programme include Mothercare, Debenhams, Starbucks, American Eagle Outfitters, H&M, Jack Wills, Pottery Barn, MAC, Bath & Body Works and KidZania.
MGRP’s supervisor of student training, Mr Tareq Alkandari, visited Alshaya stores with members of Alshaya’s Nationalisation team to oversee the allocation and induction of the new interns on the first day of the programme.
“We take great pride in our partnership with M.H. Alshaya Co., which has always been fully supportive of our training initiatives,” said Mr Alkandari. “I am particularly pleased with the high level of professionalism Alshaya’s store staff has shown, and I am certain that the students will gain a great deal of valuable knowledge and experience in the next month.”
Jassem Alhassawi, Training Manager at Alshaya Human Resources Department, said the internship provides a valuable hands-on learning and development experience for young Kuwaitis wanting to explore a career in retail.
“The Summer 2015 Internship Programme is one of the highlights of our year,” said Mr Alhassawi. We at Alshaya are extremely keen to introduce our Kuwaiti youth to the retail sector and help them develop their skills by giving them the opportunity to experience retail first-hand at our stores.”
During their time in store, interns are introduced to the essential concepts of how a store is run and managed. The training includes coaching in sales, promotions, customer service, merchandising and stock management. The programme also aims to provide participants with a full understanding of the jobs and career opportunities available in the retail industry, including the qualifications, behaviours and skills necessary for a promising career in retail.
The Alshaya Summer Internship is a key part of the company’s vibrant approach to Corporate Social Responsibility, said Mr Alhassawi. “As a leading employer in the retail sector, we create opportunities for young people to develop their skills through our graduate schemes, internships and work experience programmes. We partner with government and local NGOs to help shape the opportunities of the future. It’s all about making a sustainable difference to the lives of the communities in which we operate,” he said.