Ulster Stores Ltd is providing six French students, from Sélestat in the North-East of France, with a month long work placement.
The family owned independent retail group, which is based in Coleraine, has welcomed the students to their department stores, Moore’s of Coleraine and the White House Portrush as part of their education.
The six female students Emilie Eck, Julie Virion, Amélie Krumb, Victorine Delplanque and Betty Mignot are undertaking diplomas within the retail and hospitality industry.
They have now travelled to Northern Ireland to gain what will be relevant and invaluable experience for their future careers in the relevant industries.
The partnership between the French school and Ulster Stores Ltd aims to help students between the ages of fifteen and nineteen with their studies by gaining experience within a professional international business as well as improving their English language skills.
So far the students have gained skills and experience in a number of areas within the business
These include customer relations, teamwork, front of house roles and visual merchandising.
Speaking of the exchange, store director Simon Colquhoun told The Coleraine Times the placement has been a fantastic experience for both the students and the staff alike.
“In a bid to help the students with their English we decided to get involved in this exchange programme,” said Simon.
“The exchange has been a great learning experience for both students and our own staff as they work together and learn new skills that they can feed back into their work as well as the experiencing new cultures and values.”
“We have been involved in this programme for five years now and we hope to continue to do so in the future.”
Ulster Stores Ltd has provided a total of twenty five international students with placements at their stores as part of the programme over the last few years as part of the partnership.