Chamber dedicates June to education

The Chamber of Commerce invites companies interested in gaining greater exposure amongst Cayman’s youth to host a Career Awareness Visit in June.

The Chamber has declared June ‘Education Month’ with a series of programmes and events planned that focus on education, careers and workforce development, states a press release.

•??The 2nd Annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching takes place on 20 June at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. This event recognises outstanding individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to education in the Cayman Islands.

•??The recipient of the Chamber’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in Education, sponsored by Maples and Calder, will be announced at the Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in teaching. This special award will be presented to a visionary leader whose lifetime contribution to the development of education in the Cayman Islands has been exemplary.

Selected by the Chamber’s Partners in Education, the honouree will have demonstrated a lifelong commitment to education and has served as an inspiration and visionary leader in advancing student learning, academic achievement and excellence in the education profession. The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Education will be honoured on the evening of the event with a video presentation profiling the life of this outstanding leader.

•??Mentoring Cayman, a joint initiative of the Chamber and the Ministry of Education, concludes on June 18th with a formal reception at Government House with the programme’s patron, Governor Stuart Jack hosting the mentors, students, and their parents for the evening.

•???The Chamber will be presenting graduation awards to public and private sector high school students during the month.

•??The Professional Development and Training Centre will be holding a series of courses to assist in workforce development including Superior Business Writing; Communication and Conflict Management; Team Building; Motivating Your Employees and Decision Making and Problem Solving.

•??A Fraud and Counterfeit Currency Detection workshop is scheduled on 11-12 June to assist staff in businesses that handle cash on a daily basis. This workshop is free to all Chamber members.

Career Awareness Visits also begin in June, before the students break for the summer. This beneficial initiative for Cayman’s Year 11 students has enjoyed long standing success and is conducted each year to raise high school students’ awareness about career options in the public and private sector, especially those opportunities that are available through Chamber member organisations.

‘Students may often do better in school if they understand that education is connected to a successful future. Through the career awareness visits, these young men and women may begin to envision an occupation not previously considered as an exciting new opportunity. For those career paths that students have already identified, it is an opportunity to clarify the necessary requirements giving way to achieving higher levels of academic excellence in order to equip themselves for success and competition in the future,’ commented Mrs. Joanne Diaz-Berry, programmes and events manager

Chamber CEO Mr. Wil Pineau explains ‘The Chamber’s Career Awareness Visits allow students to learn about the various industries which will assist them with selecting an educational or vocational path that best suits their interests, values and skills. There are many opportunities in the workplace and it is our hope that the visits will enable students to decide on a profession that is of interest to them.’

On a typical Career Awareness Visit day, two groups of 20 – 25 students will visit three places of business. During these visits the students are introduced to different company departments through a ‘show-round’ or through activities prepared by the company’s representatives. Through these visits, the students are able to learn more about the career paths that await them after school.

Companies can benefit from these visits by engaging the type of student that should be applying for a job in the next year or so, or to encourage students to continue their education by attending College or University through their Scholarship Programme.

For more information about how your company can get involved, please contact Mrs. Diaz-Berry on 949 8090 ext 123 or email [email protected]