The first person to be hired into the city of Laurinburg’s new management trainee program is likely a familiar face to some in the area.
Raised in Scotland County and a 2006 graduate of Scotland High School, Shahid McInnis started work this week as the inaugural member of the city’s management trainee program.
Designed to allow the city to develop talent internally, the program will allow McInnis the benefit of multidisciplinary on-the-job training. Ideally, McInnis will then be promotable to fill the shoes of a retiring management-level employee.
McInnis fills one of three management trainee positions. Based on the recommendation of Laurinburg Mayor Tommy Parker earlier this year, other hires will likely be staggered “until the kinks are worked out” of the trainee program.
“He just started Monday, but he has been with us six weeks in the intern program, so it’s been very nice,” said Laurinburg Human Resources Director Amy Martin.
Martin introduced McInnis to city council earlier this week.
Following that introduction, McInnis thanked council for the opportunity and indicated that he was eager to start his career with the city.
During his first week on the job McInnis has already spent time working along side regular employees in several of the city’s departments.
McInnis, 25, graduated from Elizabeth City State University in 2011 with a BS degree in engineering technology and with a minor in mechanical engineering and automation.
Prior to joining the city McInnis worked as a part time employee at the Scotland Crossing Food Lion as a sales associate.
Representing one of a number of successful participants in the YZ Generations Program facilitated by the Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce, McInnis first reserved an internship with the city through that program.
The management trainee program was created amid concerns about the aging of the city’s management group.