Students complete Red Sail internships

From left, Tania Johnson, career advisor; Beth Hiryok, Red Sail Sports; interns Lej Battiste, Nicholas Ebanks and Tyler Watler; Jenine Stewart, career advisor; and Heather-Ann Cahill, manager, Career Services. Missing from the photo is intern Tatyana Bodden.

Red Sail Sports said goodbye last week to four students who had been with the company as interns since September.

The Year 12 internship program is designed to provide unpaid work placement opportunities for students attending the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre.

Red Sail Sports offered internships in different locations across Grand Cayman in positions including scuba diving, water sports, working with catamarans, and the spa. Managers and mentors in the departments provided feedback to the young people throughout the program.

The students who took part in the internship were Tatyana Bodden, who worked in the spa, Lej Battiste and Tyler Watler in the dive department, and Nicholas Ebanks in the catamaran department.

“In most cases, the result is a notable increase in workplace skills and confidence,” said Beth Hiryok, training manager with Red Sail Sports. “It has been a pleasure to work with these students and watch them grow over the course of the year. The partnership between the employers, parents, Career Services and CIFEC staff truly does make a difference in these students’ lives.”

Ms. Hiryok presented the students with certificates to mark the end of the internship program at a ceremony at CIFEC.