Alongside its wealth of job options thanks to the financial services and tourism industries, Cayman also has many other opportunities for young people looking to set out on a successful career path.
However, the process can be daunting, but thanks to the Chamber of Commerce, its Mentoring Cayman programme which kicked off in 2002 has evolved into a very promising youth initiative.
A release states that each year, top achieving Year 11 high school students from both the public and private sector are invited to participate in the programme and then carefully matched with executive level mentors.
The Chamber of Commerce was able to successfully pair 57 students with mentors for the 2008/2009 programme which began in November 2008 and culminated with all mentors and mentees being officially recognised for completing the Programme at the closing reception held at Government House by Governor Stuart Jack who serves as patron of the programmme.
This year’s participating mentors came from a variety of industries and backgrounds. Occupations in banking, law, interior design, art, medicine, journalism, insurance, accounting, automotive, marketing, and financial services are but a few that were represented. Mentors from the following companies took part in the Programme:
AIP Limited Grand Cayman Beach Suites
Appleby Health Services Authority
Atlas Insurance Kelly Holdings
BNP Paribas KPMG
Butterfield Krys & Associates
Cable & Wireless Maples Finance
Cayman National Mike’s Ice
CML Offshore Recruitment National Gallery
Dart Realty OBM International
Dart Enterprises RBC Trust
DDL Studio Saxon Administration
DE Technology Samson & McGrath
dms Organisation UBS Fund Services
Ernst & Young Vision Marketing
The Furniture Depot Vampt Motors
Greenlight RE Walkers
The Chamber of Commerce extends their gratitude to the talented, experienced and knowledgeable individuals who volunteered their time to be a mentor in this programme as well as the businesses which have shown their support by allowing senior staff to participate in Mentoring Cayman.
‘We thank them for their generosity and community spirit. By looking forward to our youth’s future development, these businesses will surely see the rewards in a new generation of industry leaders. Our young people are the future of not only our country, but also of our core industries,’ said Joanne Diaz-Berry, Chamber programmes and events manager.
‘Business leaders and senior managers of companies are invited to make a wise investment with their time and respond to the challenge of becoming a mentor. The new Programme will begin in September 2009 and interested persons may download an application from www.caymanchamber.ky.�
Companies interested in sponsoring the Mentoring Cayman programmme or anyone seeking more information should contact Mrs. Joanne Diaz-Berry at the Chamber of Commerce on [email protected]