CAL gives students hands-on work experience

The national flag carrier of the Cayman Islands, Cayman Airways, hosted a dozen students in all of its functional departments during a recent work experience programme.

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A few young men who learned about aircraft upkeep and safety pose with Mr. Pete Osborn of Cayman Airways’ Maintenance Department. Photo: Submitted

The programme, which ran from June through August, allowed students to learn and assist in tasks ranging from updating maintenance data logs to arranging travel itineraries at the City Ticket Office, said a press release from the airline.

‘The national flag carrier has safety as its first priority and the interns in the Maintenance and Engineering Department saw this first hand with their first week comprising of attendance at Aircraft Systems and Safety courses,’ said the release.

For many years, Cayman Airways has been a willing and generous participant of the work experience programme of the high schools throughout the Cayman Islands, the release notes, which not only gives students a taste of the working world but also develops their skills – communication, time management, organizing, problem solving, to name a few.

The students showed great interest and progress during their tenure with the airline and many have expressed interest in working with the airline in the future. Three of the students were employed by Cayman Airways immediately and are settling in very well.

In addition to hosting high school students, Cayman Airways often hosts local pre-, primary and junior high schools and extra-curricular programmes (private and public) in various departments for educational and informational field trips.

‘Here at Cayman Airways it has become tradition to host our young people for work experience from the local institutions including UCCI, John Gray High School, St. Ignatius High School and Cayman Prep through career development programmes and sometimes through individual interest and initiative. The students were employed in all of our operational and administrative departments’ said Michael Adam, President & CEO of Cayman Airways. He continued ‘After the two-month period of providing the students with a brief, but enjoyable taste of what keeps this machine going on a daily basis, some of the students showed interest in remaining and becoming employed with the airline. Cayman Airways is delighted to welcome the new recruits to our family’

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