A team from Starlife Assurance Company has paid a working visit to the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) to kick start a Memorandum of Understanding agreed by the two institutions.
The MOU sought to engage students pursuing BSc Resource Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, Actuarial Science and Mathematics to embark on industrial attachment with the company.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Harrison Dapaah in an introductory statement, said industrial attachment formed part of the requirements for the completion of a programme at UENR, adding that the University was poised to train quality students, therefore the need for such collaboration that would expose the beneficiaries to world of work as well as employment opportunities afterwards. The Vice-Chancellor was hopeful that the relationship between UENR and Starlife Assurance Company would be strengthened for further collaborations that would benefit both institutions.
The Bono Regional Branch Manager of Starlife Assurance Company, Miss Georgina Acheampong said the training of the youth was one aspect of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of the company, hence such partnership with UENR as an academic training institution was of much importance. She indicated that students would be attached to various departments in the company such as sales and customer relations as well as the enhancement of their entrepreneurial skills during the training period.
Miss Acheampong further said that students would have the opportunity to undertake their national service with the company and possible job opportunities afterwards depending on their performance and capabilities as well as build their financial base with commissions that would be earned on sale of the company’s products to customers.
The Head of Department for Entrepreneurship and Business Sciences, Mr. Daniel Berko assured the department’s commitment to the MOU. He was however, of the concern that students on internship with the company should be supported financially to enable them cater for transport and other expenses during the discharge of their sales duties.
The Manager of Starlife Company, Miss Acheampong in response to that, said the company would ensure the wellbeing and safety of students by providing branded vehicles to commute the students to places of work and return safely.
The Senior Assistant Registrar of Academic and Students Affairs, Mr. George Kwadwo Anane expressed appreciation to company for the opportunity offered to students in UENR since such openings were difficult to access some years back. He called on other companies to partner UENR to train quality students for the Job market.
Other staff present at the meeting was the Registrar, Solomon Panford Esq, Dean, School of Sciences, Prof. Felix Adekoya Adebayor, Senior Assistant Registrar of the Human Resource Division, Mr. Alfred O. Appiah, Assistant Registrar in-charge of Examinations and Industrial Attachment, Mr. Elijah Ofori-Badu.