Area companies work to educate youth

Local companies have teamed up with the Cayman Islands
Further Education Centre to provide work experience opportunities, two days
each week, for approximately 250 students.

Forty students in the IMI Automotive class are gaining
hands on training and real-time experience at various locations throughout the
island. When not in the workplace students attend class at CIFEC as normal.

Advance Auto has placed two students under the wings of
the company’s lead mechanic Ron Billmyre, who has over 20 years of experience
in the car repair business.

“This is an excellent programme preparing young Caymanian
men and women to step up to the plate, working towards their career goals. It
is very satisfactory for me to see how quickly these young men can learn
various repair procedures. To be honest, I wish they had a programme like this
when I went to school,” he said.

The two students will receive their training at Advance
Automotive until June 30, 2011.

Other companies 
providing experience in the field of mechanics include Prestige Motors,
Vampt Motors, Cayman Auto Diagnostic, Superior Auto, ARCP, Car City, Tony’s
Toys, AL Thompson, Complete Auto, The Cayman Islands Fire Service, Cayman Airways,
Cayman Recycling, Automotive Art, Moore Marine, Civil Works, The Water
Authority, McAlpine and Euro Car.

Students in Business, ICT, Medical Tech, Creative Media,
Sports & Leisure and Hospitality groups have been placed in areas related,
as far as possible, to their field of study.

According to Ms. Margaret Jackson, “The business
community has really stepped up and is very supportive of the new programme.
Employers are providing our young people with the opportunity to gain valuable
work experience. The vast majority of students are finding their time in the
working world to be very rewarding. However, some students have realized that
life in the work place or their chosen career field is not quite what they
expected. These students will be reassigned, where possible, in the New Year.”

For more information
on the programme or to offer placements for students contact Maggie Jackson
926-3074 or e-mail [email protected]

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  1. This is a great opportunity for young Caymanians to show what they are made of. Im sure this program will help produce a new generation of hard working Caymanians who respect the workplace and have a willingness to work hard to succeed. The ones who dont take advantage of this will serve as examples to others of how sorry your life can turn out if you sit on your butts and wait for success to be handed to you.