Kuwait, 15 September 2015: For 150 Kuwaiti students, retail is now more than just shopping at the weekend: it’s a viable career option. This is the outcome of global retail operator M.H. Alshaya’s annual Summer Internship initiative, run in partnership with Kuwait’s Manpower and Government Restructuring Programme (MGRP), which ended earlier this month.
The Summer Internship gives Kuwaiti school and university students the chance to work in one of Alshaya’s stores, cafes or restaurants for a month, offering a valuable hands-on learning and development experience for students who want to explore a career in retail.
Fawzi Al-Majdili, General Secretary at the MGRP, said the programme had proved a major boost for the students’ personal and professional development. “We’ve been working with Alshaya for eight years now, and this partnership is a major source of support for young Kuwaitis looking for meaningful careers in the private sector,” he said.
Mohammed Alshaya, the chairman of M.H. Alshaya, said the Summer Internship programme was an integral part of the company’s commitment to providing career opportunities and jobs for Kuwaiti nationals.
“The youth of this country is the currency of our future, and investing in their skills and development is of paramount importance to us. We are delighted to support MGRP in their endeavour to create a skilled workforce for the future, and look forward to many more years of partnership”, said Mr Alshaya.
During their time in the stores, interns are introduced to the essential concepts behind running and managing a store. The training includes coaching in sales, promotions, customer service, merchandising and stock management. Ultimately, the programme aims to provide participants with a full understanding of the jobs and career opportunities available in the retail industry, including the qualifications, competencies and skills necessary for a career in retail.