Speaking at the launch of the new Mona School of Business and Management recently, Wehby noted the plight of young graduates to gain experience in the work world in their bid to get jobs. "Too often I have heard criticism that the University of the West Indies turns out graduates who are theoretically sound, but deficient in practical experience," Wehby said.
He later noted that he had seen many jobs being advertised, with experience as a criterion for application. "This would disqualify so many bright, talented and promising young graduates. GraceKennedy wants to change that by giving them the opportunity to get some useful experience," Wehby said.
The programme will be open to a maximum of 15 students with exceptionally good first degrees but no working experience. Participants will be rotated for a year in all the areas in which GraceKennedy operates, including food processing and distribution, banking and finance, insurance and remittance services, and building materials retailing.