Global Logistics Services, a Liberian-owned logistics and supply chain company has partnered with the international NGO, Mercy Corps, in facilitating the process of training bright, eager young men and women who have the desire to achieve their individual dreams of climbing the corporate ladder. Under PROSPECTS (Promoting Sustainable Partnership for Economic Transformation), a program supported by Chevron and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the three month internship program is geared towards helping apprentices grow the business as well as creating employment for work-ready youths.
Following a rigorous selection process conducted by the management teams of both MercyCorps and GLS, the four interns were selected to be trained in the field of supply chain management with particular emphasis on customs brokerage, port & field operations and project cargo management. More specifically, they will understudy the functions of Project Assistant, Expediter, Broker and Typist. GLS human resources manager, Alexandra Awode, said the four interns will have an opportunity to understudy the four functions during the internship.
The internship is a three-month program and shall run from September to December 2014. The interns will be based at the company’s head office at Broad and Johnson Streets with occasional field assignments.
In a statement issued Monday, GLS pledged its commitment to capacity building and skills/competence transfer as a corporate social responsibility and is eager to expand its existing Graduate Trainee Management Program to include vocational training for semi skilled and technical staff.
Speaking on behalf of GLS Management during the kick-off ceremony of the program, Mr. Paul King (GM Operations) stated that the prevalence of the Ebola pandemic would in no means dampen the company’s passion about its business and clients. “We are not deterred but rather more focus on contributing our quota to the development of our dear country.” He encouraged the interns to take their apprenticeship seriously as it will greatly aid their future development and their employability.
The first of its kind for the company, Awode says the GLS intends hold the internship every year.