Students are getting some powerful work experience this summer at the Caribbean Utilities Company.
This year, 36 high-school and college students are taking part in the electricity company’s summer work experience programme.
The programme was established in 2000 and is based on vocational and technical training. The students, ages 16-22 learn about administrative and operational functions of the company.
They are cross train within various departments, including human resources, finance, customer service, the engine room, and various departments at the North Sound plant.
Manager of the Human Resources Department Tania Ebanks said that more than 150 students had taken part in the programme over the past 10 years.
‘We do not have enough space for all of the requests we receive. We recognise that by supporting and giving these students on-the-job training while they are in school, this can help foster a brighter future for them as they venture out into the work field,’ she said.
‘We have a very bright crop of students and we hope that we can inspire one or two of them to come back to the CUC family as part of our future work force,’ she added.
Some of the students who participated in the programme before have been involved in projects being carried out in the IT department, human resources finance, and in the plant.
Eric Jackson, a student from Wesleyan Christian Academy, is working in the Control Room. ‘I am grateful to CUC for the opportunity to participate in this summer programme. I have been learning how electricity is generated and it is a very fascinating process.
‘This programme will help me better decide what career path I want to go on,’ he said.
Student Deserey Gayle, 22, who is assigned to the Corporate Communications Department, is in her final year at Monroe College in New York, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management with a minor in Human Resources Management.
‘CUC is a home away from home… I’ve learnt a lot in Corporate Communications which is the ‘voice’ of the company,’ she said.
‘I was involved in different projects but the one I enjoyed the most was assisting the Sunrise Adults at the movies at Camana Bay Theatre. It showed me what a great corporate citizen CUC is and the impact CUC employees have on the different lives within the Cayman community.’
A key objective of the programme is to allow students to be exposed to a variety of tasks which will help them when it comes to choosing a career.