24 Kuwaiti students with disabilities successfully completed a month-long retail Internship programme, as part of an ongoing collaboration between retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. and Kuwait’s Society for the Guardians of the Disabled (KSGD). The programme concluded with an award ceremony conducted at the IHOP Restaurant at The Avenues to celebrate the interns’ accomplishments during their work experience.
With the partnership now in its ninth year, the internships help students with disabilities familiarise themselves with the work environment, as they work part-time and receive supervised retail training at branches of Starbucks, Debenhams and Mothercare, for a period of four weeks.
During the ceremony, certificates were presented by KSGD’s guest of honour H.E AbdulLahad Mbaki, the Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador of Senegal to Kuwait; the Honorary Chairperson of the Kuwait Sport Club for the Physically Disabled, Sheikha Sheikha Al-Sabah; KSGD Chairwoman, Rehab Borsili, in addition to representatives from Alshaya.
“We were very pleased to be continue our co-operation with the KSGD this year. Our partnership with KSGD provides us with a great opportunity to help Kuwaiti students with special needs get a taste of working in the world of retail and discover new skills and talents. We look forward to welcoming them every year,” said Andrew Stott, Regional Learning and Development Manager at M.H. Alshaya.
“It’s been 12 years since we conducted our first internship in Kuwait and we have seen a tremendous increase in the number of students participating each year. We’d like to thank Alshaya for their efforts and continuous support in giving our students a positive perspective of their futures and careers,” said Mrs. Huda Alkhaledi, General Supervisor at KSGD.
Alshaya’s partnership with the KSGD internship programme began in 2010, initially offering candidates part-time work experience in Starbucks branches across the country. Alshaya’s partnership with KSGD is part of its wider commitment to the community to develop the skills and talents of young Kuwaitis and provide them with chances to learn and develop.