School’s out, but for more than 160 Kuwaiti students, the learning journey has just begun as they start Alshaya’s Summer Internship Programme, which gives young people hands-on experience of the world of retail.
Starting this week, the programme will see high school and university students spending four hours daily in one of Alshaya’s stores, gaining invaluable hands-on learning and development experience. They will be working in some of the more than 80 international brands operated by Alshaya, including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, Bath & Body Works, Jack Wills, and KidZania.
During the four-week programme, the interns will get intensive training in all aspects of store operations, including sales, promotions, customer service, merchandising and stock management – ideal preparation for those interested in a career in retail.
Now in its tenth year, the programme is testimony to the strong partnership between Alshaya and Kuwait’s Manpower and Government Restructuring Programme (MGRP).
“Our partnership with Alshaya has been going on successfully for a decade now,” said Mr. Tareq Alkandari, MGRP’s supervisor of student training. “Alshaya has always been very supportive of all our training initiatives, and its store staff has shown great energy and enthusiasm to work with our young interns every summer. We are very pleased to see our interns gain valuable retail knowledge and experience during their training at Alshaya stores.”
Andrew Stotter-Brooks, Regional Learning and Development Manager at Alshaya, said the internship programme was a great opportunity for young people to get a better understanding of the career options available in the retail industry, and the behaviours and skills necessary to forge a career in retail.
“The summer internship programme in Kuwait is one of the highlights of our year. We look forward to helping young Kuwaiti students develop their skills and get more insights into this dynamic industry,” said Mr. Stotter-Brooks.