National Energy’s Vacation Employment Programme (VEP) 2016 commenced on Friday, 1st August 2016 and lasted for a period of two (2) months. This year, five (5) students were given the opportunity to participate in the programme in which they were each assigned a project to complete with guidance from their mentors.
Through the Corporate Communication and Administration Department’s “Be in the Know Tours” the students were provided with the opportunity to visit the La Brea Industrial Estate, Port of Brighton and Port of Galeota. The aspiring professionals also participated in NGC’s Natural Gas Tertiary Workshops.
As is customary, the students were asked to embark on a CSR initiative. In order to support their chosen initiative of assisting the less fortunate in the society, the students were able to raise over $3,500.00 through the sale of cupcakes, pholourie, fudge and corn soup.
The VEP concluded on Monday, 29th August 2016 when the students presented their projects to a panel of judges comprising of:
- Ms. Lisa Burkett – Manager, Corporate Communications (Ag.) – National Gas Company of Trinidad and Tobago Limited
- Mr. Haydn Jones – Manager, Infrastructure Planning and Development - National Energy
- Ms. Wendy Seow – Manager, Corporate Communication & Administration – National Energy
After a keenly contested competition, Kadeem Williams, a third year Bachelor of Law student of the University of the West Indies, St Augustine, emerged the winner.
Kadeem was assigned to the Legal Corporate Secretariat Services Department under the mentorship of Ms. Liesel Roberts and Ms. Elizabeth Foster. His project entitled: “The impact of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Property Act, 2015 on the National Energy Corporation of Trinidad and Tobago Limited” outlined practical ways in which the company can align itself to conform with the legislation. Second place went to Paul Millard who was assigned to The Finance and Accounting Department and mentored by Mrs. Monica Rambert-Naguar. His project, “The Procedure for Fee Verification during Vendor Prequalification and Tender Processes” also provided a platform to improve these internal processes. Third place was taken by Vikash Bridgemohan who presented on “The Design Review of the Proposed Electricals for the Port of Galeota”. By working closely with his mentor, Ms. Marcia Inkim, Vikash was able to assist the company with a potential cost saving initiative at the Port.
Overall, the VEP 2016 was a resounding success as students gained experience in the world of work and were able to contribute to National Energy’s business.
We wish them all the best for their continuing education and professional journey.