The Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants is actively involved in developing relationships with educational institutions on the Island, the organisation announced in a press statement.
In January, 16 CISPA members volunteered for the CISPA/UCCI e-Mentor programme, where each mentor is partnered with a student from the associate degree programme in accounting or bachelor of science degree programme in accounting at the University College of the Cayman Islands.
The mentoring programme is designed for students to receive support in their course work and advice on entering the accounting profession.
The programme offers CISPA members the opportunity to give back to the local community by paving the way for the next generation of accountants who will play a key role in the financial services industry, CISPA said.
The mentors are encouraged to meet with their students and provide support via phone and email.
Rennie Khan, senior manager with Ernst & Young, has participated in the e-Mentor programme since it began in 2008. “The programme gives students another avenue to discuss questions – not only accounting or career-related but questions on real life situations and experiences,” Mr. Khan said. “It started off with a small group of about five or six mentors each meeting with a group of students, to the one-on-one … grouping which currently stands at 16 pairs.”
CISPA is a not-for-profit organisation with over 900 members, whose goal is to promote and further the accounting profession in the Cayman Islands.