Walkers opened its doors to 78 students, faculty members and parents from several high schools and tertiary institutions in the Cayman Islands last month. In two sessions, members of the Walkers Trainee Committee and current articled clerks Erin Panton and Michael Testori presented financial services career options as well as employment, internship and scholarship opportunities at the firm.

A subsequent networking event for the students allowed them to meet with other Walkers staff from the legal, financial, IT, compliance, marketing, human resources, operations and professional services groups.

“It takes a variety of skills and job functions to run a successful international business and we wanted to use this as an opportunity to highlight that to the students,” said Jordana Clarke, head of training and development at Walkers. “We also encouraged those who are considering law as a career to think about applying for one of our scholarships.”

The students, from Cayman Prep High School, Cayman Islands Further Education Centre, John Gray High School, St. Ignatius Catholic School, UCCI, ICCI, Grace Christian Academy and the Truman Bodden Law School, also had the opportunity to win prizes in a Jeopardy-style quiz and a random number draw.

Antonia Hardy, Walkers’ Cayman Islands office managing partner, said, “It was fantastic to be able to show senior students the inside of the Walkers building and to really engage in mapping out their careers. A number of students asked very intelligent questions and even brought their resumes. I would like to thank all the schools who agreed to participate, and we hope to be able to put on more events like this in the future.”

Cayman Maritime 2017 to highlight Cayman’s industry role

The Cayman Islands Shipping Registry and a private sector steering committee that includes Cayman Maritime Services Park and law firm Maples and Calder are preparing for Cayman Maritime 2017.

The conference will bring together companies and organizations in the shipping and yachting industries at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort on May 1 and 2.

“Cayman Maritime 2017 provides an opportunity for our maritime sector and indeed the whole jurisdiction to showcase the array of top quality services that Cayman offers,” said Joel Walton, CEO of the Cayman Registry.

The committee has invited several leading industry organizations to provide program content for the event.

Sherice Arman, WISTA Cayman’s immediate past president, country liaison for WiMAC in the Cayman Islands and partner at the law firm Maples and Calder, is a presenter and active member of the Cayman Maritime committee. She said the seminar will focus on the lack of sufficient marine pollution legislation and mechanisms in place in the Caribbean region to deal with the discharge of waste or emergencies such as accidents, oil spills, collisions, coral damage and ship groundings.

“We want to bring this to the attention of law makers and stakeholders in the region because it’s important to put legislation into place to respond to these emergencies and attribute responsibility where necessary,” she said.

DCI to close early on March 16

The Department of Commerce and Investment in Grand Cayman, including its Business Licensing Counter on the first floor of the Government Administration Building, will close at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, for a staff meeting.

DCI’s main office will reopen on Friday, March 17, at 8:30 a.m., and the counter will reopen at 9 a.m.

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