The Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 2019 Mentoring Cayman programme with a luncheon at the Grand Old house on 1 May.
The six-month programme is a joint partnership with the Ministry of Education, which pairs students with mentors from Chamber of Commerce member businesses and provides them with careers workshops.
“Since its inception in 2002, more than 1,000 students have benefitted from being a part of the Mentoring Cayman programme,” Chamber President Chris Kirkconnell said.
“This year, we had a record 64 students matched with mentors from the public and private sector.”
Kirkconnell said the programme serves as an introduction to the many career pathways available on island.
“Not only are students learning invaluable skills that they will need when entering into the working world, but they are also forming relationships with the leaders of Cayman’s business community,” he said.
The luncheon featured Staci Scott, a Young Caymanian Leadership Award recipient. She discussed how her own mentor inspires her.
“I trust her opinion unequivocally, and value the input she has and continues to make on my life more than she will ever know,” Scott said. “Change the name, and this may not be too different of a testimony from those many in this room may also be able to give. Mentorship matters,” she said.
Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly thanked the Chamber of Commerce for organising the programme and expressed her support for mentoring as a way to assist students to gain valuable insights from mentors from the public and private sectors.
Kirkconnell said they were sincerely grateful to the Ministry of Education for helping make the programme possible, and to all the members who shared their time with the students of the programme.
Chief Officer Cetonya Cacho also attended the luncheon.
The 2020 Mentoring Cayman programme will launch later this year. Those interested in becoming a mentor for the 2020 programme can contact the Chamber of Commerce at [email protected] for further details.