Enterprise Cayman to offer mentors, work placements

About 35 special economic zone companies took part in the annual networking event at the National Gallery arranged by CEC.

Cayman Enterprise City’s workforce development programme, Enterprise Cayman, is providing new ways to help local youth get ready for employment. In addition to summer internships, Enterprise Cayman now also offers mentorship and work placements.

The aim is to ensure that as many young Caymanians and residents as possible have access to quality learning experiences and opportunities to pursue a career in the special economic zone.

Charlie Kirkconnell, chef executive officer at CEC, said, “We recognise that work experience is crucial to Caymanians’ future development within their chosen industry. This is why CEC has created diverse ways to get young people and career changers involved within Cayman’s vibrant special economic zones.

“Whether you’re taking an internship, mentorship or work placement, you will gain countless work readiness skills required to launch your career.”

Mentorship opportunities

The mentorship programme can last anywhere from one ‘pep-talk’ session to six-month placements where mentors or industry professionals meet with their mentee’s once a month.

Samsara Leung, a participant in the programme with one of the Cayman Tech City companies, said she gained much practical knowledge from the experience. “When I first started with Valerian Capital, my programming knowledge was largely theoretical. However, as the programme went on, I got to learn a new coding language ‘R’ and got to practise real world applications,” she said. “It really opened my eyes about the advancements in technology and has overall provided me with further answers on my career path.”

Work placements and internships

The work placement programme targets career changers who may be too old to apply for a ‘Summer in the City’ internship but are still looking for work experience opportunities within the special economic zones.

“Successful candidates will cultivate strong educational records and have an ability to thrive in fast-paced, dynamic environments,” CEC said in a press release.

Work placements are open to all Caymanians and residents aged 25 or older.

The Summer in the City internship programme is now accepting online applications. with the deadline to apply 22 March. The initiative is open to Caymanians and residents of the Cayman Islands between the ages of 18 and 25 and features internships lasting from one to two months during the summer. The programme aims to place more than 20 young people in internships across a number of sectors including internet technology, software development, science and technology, client experience and business operations, and marketing and communications.

Of last year’s 15 internship placements, four participants walked out with full-time jobs. Aaron Santamaria, Matthew Elphinstone, Roshane McField and Safiyah Raudales will now become part of the Cayman Tech City community.

Santamaria, who works with Brave Software International SEZC as a support engineer, said his advice for future interns would be to make the most of it. “Take every opportunity to learn from the industry leaders. These are incredible global companies we have access to right here in our backyard,” he said. “Participating in the Summer in the City internship programme is the best thing I could have done, because of this it has allowed me to start my career in technology.”

About 35 special economic zone companies took part in an annual networking event arranged by CEC. Companies were able to interact with multiple internship applicants and offer career advice.

Ryan Watson, director of IT and infrastructure at Brave, said, “The past interns have shown outstanding technical ability and Brave Software is looking forward to another exciting year of applications.”

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Enterprise Cayman ‘Summer in the City’ internship, mentorship and work placement programme. The deadline to apply is 22 March 2020. For more information, applications can be found online at www.enterprisecayman.ky. Queries can be directed to [email protected]