A new career-focused internship programme has been launched by Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco) for nine of the Community College Qatar (CCQ) students who graduated this May.
The programme, which is part of a memorandum of understanding signed recently between Qapco and CCQ, will connect the students with subject matter experts from Qapco and enable them to experience working in a range
The programme consists of a rotational schedule whereby all the students spend quality time in each Support Department with the objective of discovering the roles and responsibilities of these departments and how the activities fit into Qapco as an organisation.
The students have also been assigned job tasks and being evaluated each week on how they performed.
Qapco’s vice-chairman and chief executive officer Dr Mohamed al-Mulla said, “We believe that internships are an essential part of talent attraction. Our Student Internship Programme aims to attract high-calibre candidates to work in the industry. It is a programme for highly-motivated students to gain real-life working experience and get a taste of our working culture. We hope that all students from CCQ will benefit from the diversity of opportunities they have experienced at Qapco and that some, if not all, will think about joining the company on our scholarship programme.”
CCQ president Dr Ibrahim al-Naimi thanked Dr al-Mulla and Qapco for establishing the internship training and for hosting the graduates.
“The programme will engage our students in a new way and provide them with real opportunities for practical job experience. It will also prepare our students for further study or a career in the industry. I am pleased to see this programme in action and proud of the collaboration between CCQ and Qapco,” he said.
He stressed that the students have been great ambassadors for CCQ. “Their behaviour and motivation in the workplace have been excellent and will pave the way for future students. They are the first group of students to go through this experience at Qapco and we look forward to sending many more in the future,” he added.
Maryam Khalfan al-Bulushi and Alreem Ahmad al-Menhali described the internship as “a wonderful professional learning experience’.
“It was because of the internship that I got more interested in the petrochemical industry and work in general. I enjoyed the interaction with the Qapco family and am very thankful for this opportunity and their time,” al-Menhali said.
Other students who have participated in the programme are Sara al-Emadi, Reem al-Enazi, Fatma Thani al-Haddad, Eiman Mohamed Hussain, Muna Jaber al-Meraizeq, Noora Rashid Sultan al-Mazruei and Mohamed Ahmed al-Bulushi.
At the end of the programme, all the students will receive a Certificate of Achievement at a ceremony to be held at the newly-opened Qapco Sports and Health Club in Mesaieed.