Careers Expo

Read our article in the Cayman Financial Review Magazine, eversion 

Cayman’s high-school and college students flooded this year’s Careers Expo with more enthusiasm than ever.

The Careers, Education, Training & Jobs Expo held its 14th Expo on Friday, 3 February 2012 at the new location of the University of the Cayman Islands. There was a superb lineup of some of the best respected local businesses, educational institutions and government departments.

Each booth was packed full of information on the particular business/organisation as well as available jobs, scholarship information, training opportunities and general background on each.

SteppingStones Recruitment, Solutions Ltd. and Catherine Tyson offered free workshops throughout the day.

Major Sponsors were Butterfield, Department of Employment Relations, Cayman Finance, Personnel 200, SteppingStones Recruitment, and Appleby. Reception Sponsor was PwC.

The exhibiting sponsors provided a wealth of information on entering their particular business or industry. There were also plenty of giveaways for people attending including bags, pens, water bottles, key chains and towels.

The booths were manned by employees of each business/organisation that did an excellent job of welcoming everyone to the Expo. The Chamber is pleased to have received many compliments on how well presented and informative each exhibitor was.

The event was opened on Friday morning by Minister Rolston Anglin and Chamber President-elect Chris Duggan with the welcome given by Milly Serpell from SteppingStones Recruitment and vote of thanks given by Jennifer Smith from Department of Employment Relations.

“It may seem like a regular Friday, but today you will touch the lives of many young people who dream of a future filled with success and experiences to make them happy and fulfilled citizens of this world,” said Chris Duggan, President-elect, Chamber of Commerce.

“Each one of you will play an important part in the process of educating and inspiring these students today and we hope you will embrace this task with passion. It is the Chamber’s vision that one day everyone will have the opportunity to live to their full potential. There are obviously many factors that contribute to that statement becoming a reality, but the Chamber believes that this is a goal worth aspiring to.”

The Chamber of Commerce has a jobs section on its website where members can advertise openings for free. It also offers an extensive range of courses at its Professional Development & Training Centre throughout the year. Students can, in addition, benefit from the Chamber’s Mentoring Cayman programme and the Junior Achievement Programme.

The Chamber is also launching the new website, which will replace the Chamber’s previous Financial Assistance, Training & Scholarship Guide that was last compiled in 2008. We have over 60 registered scholarships, which will be promoted through this online guide.