Firestone Liberia has welcomed four new senior students from the Forestry Training Institute for an internship program in the company’s agricultural estates’ department. The month-long intensive training program will provide the students with firsthand skills in the areas of rubber planting, crop maintenance and tapping.
The students are the first group of eight interns from the Forestry Training Institution in Bomi County who will benefit from the intensive practical knowledge experience at Firestone Liberia.
The new intern students from the Forestry Training Institute are:
- Musu Coleman
- Oliver G. Gaye
- Blama A. Konnah
- Lucy Stewart
‘’Each year we offer internship training opportunities in our agricultural operation, and to date in 2021 six students have completed the program – four from Tubman University in Maryland County and two from Harbel College in Margibi County. We now look forward to the first group of four intern students from the Forestry Training Institute joining our program,” said Jacob Valiyakalail, Director, Estates Operations.
Oliver G. Gaye from Grand Gedeh County is one of the newest interns from the Forestry Training institute in Bomi County. “I want to thank Firestone Liberia for the opportunity afforded us to come and learn at such a well-organized institution. I also want to ask them to continue to give others similar opportunities to benefit from this most valuable experience.”
“My expectation at the end of this training opportunityis to gain experience from the nursery on how to graft and also rubber planting. I feel excited being here to learn,’’ said Lucy Stewart, program intern.
On hand to accompany the students at the start of the internship was Madam Jacqueline Dolo, assistant director for administration at the Forestry Training Institute. ‘’As an institution, we have benefited a lot from Firestone Liberia, not only the training that is about to start but through previous donations of rubber tree seedlings. On behalf of the Forestry Training Insitiute, I want to thank Firestone Liberia for making this internship initiative available to our students.’’
“At Firestone Liberia we are committed to learning and training,” said Don Darden, general manager at Firestone Liberia. “In addition to providing ongoing education through our company provided school system, we’re also proud to make valuable internship training opportunities available to Liberia’s students. We welcome these promising new interns.”