Sunday 17 November, 2019

UTech students to benefit from M&M Jamaica’s mentorship initiative

Mentors and mentees formally meet at the official launch of the M & M Jamaica Mentorship Luncheon recently held at the company's  31 Molynes Road Head Office.

Mentors and mentees formally meet at the official launch of the M & M Jamaica Mentorship Luncheon recently held at the company's 31 Molynes Road Head Office.

Nine lucky students pursuing degrees at the University of Technology Jamaica (UTech) will benefit from $12 million in scholarships as well as mentorship from civil and construction engineering firm, M&M Jamaica Limited.

Having a track record of supporting youth development through education, the nearly 30-year-old company enhanced its contribution education this year by adding a mentorship component to its scholarship programme.

Among the scholars are Sean Roberts, Abigail Myers, Shaneil Hall, Ashley-Ann Croll, Shane Perry, Adri-Ann Rose, Khandi Jackson and Renee Ramsay, who expressed gratitude on their behalf to M&M for its contribution.

At the launch event held under the theme, “Advancing Individual Purpose Through Positive Impact”, Richard Mullings, Director at M&M Jamaica Limited highlighted the motive behind this initiative which aligns with the company’s overall goal of impacting Jamaica through various outreach ventures.

Mentee Abigale Myers, UTECH student, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy degree is already benefitting from guidance from mentors, (from left) Richard Mullings, Director, M & M Jamaica Ltd, David Foster, Managing Director of DIF Construction Company Limited and a Senior Project Manager at M & M Jamaica Limited and Ivan Anderson, Managing Director of the National Road Operating and Constructing Company Limited (NROCC). 

“We believe that involvement at the youth level is important for national development; providing simple opportunities can lead to major future successes. This mentorship programme is intended to connect aspiring young persons with individuals who can impart guidance, knowledge, care and motivation,” he explained.

Among the cohort of devoted mentors are various academics, engineering experts, M&M team members and other exemplary members of society including renowned engineer Ivan Anderson, Managing Director of the National Road Operating and Constructing Company Limited (NROCC), Neville Mills Principal and Managing Director of Neville A Mills Associates Ltd., as well as Donovan Morgan Chairman/CEO at Epic Technologies Limited and others.

Mullings also discussed the importance of mentorship and how both the mentors and mentees should work together to make the programme memorable.

Also giving praise was Dr Theres Chambers, Head of Department of Engineering at UTech, who brought attention to the need for programmes like this.

She said that this initiative gives the students peace of mind, as they no longer have to focus on finding tuition fees. Besides, it demonstrates a belief in them which can be a catalyst for change, encourages them to see a need to give back to their communities, and aids in nation-building, as these scholars are the future professionals and leaders of Jamaica.

Chambers also explained that this initiative aligns with the school’s internal academic mentorship programme.

“At the University of Technology, all full-time academic staff is required to offer academic advice to students. This is in an effort to ensure that students achieve their academic goals” she said, adding, “However, what this may lack is the guidance these students need for them to achieve their personal goals,” which M&M’s programme will foster.

For many years, M&M has sponsored students pursuing Mathematics, Building and Construction, Engineering or similar degrees at UTech. This year, the scope has widened affording students pursuing other fields of study including nursing, pharmaceuticals and hospitality and tourism management to also benefit from scholarships.

Along with demonstrating good academic performance and need, recipients must reside in one of the communities or areas in which the engineering and project management firm has completed major projects.

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