Cayman Finance, a member’s organisation representing the Cayman Islands’ financial services industry, launched the Cayman Finance Student Education & Work Experience Pilot Programme in the spring of 2015. Joining forces with the Ministry of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs and the Ministry of Financial Services, Commerce and Environment, this 12-week programme created a pathway for 50 Caymanian year 12 students from the dual enrolment programme currently working on their A-levels or their first year of university.
This programme educated the participants on the local financial services industry, built relationships with key stakeholders and provided important pathways to future career opportunities. The programme consisted of three main components: facilitated workshops, mentorships and work experiences.
Cayman Finance member firm representatives were trained to conduct in-classroom workshops on a variety of topics including a financial services overview, industry sectors and career skills. Coinciding with the workshops, each student was paired with a mentor, whom they met with weekly to learn about the industry as well important soft skills in the workplace. Mentors in the programme consisted of senior management and partners from various Cayman Finance member organisations.
After students completed an application and interview process with multiple organisations, they were given a 4 week opportunity to work within a Cayman Finance member firm to gain knowledge of the industry, resulting in job-ready and engaged young professionals.
The Cayman Finance Student Education & Work Experience Pilot Programme’s vision is to educate and provide pathways for students within the Cayman Islands financial services industry, and for them to become responsible, confident, motivated learners, who are capable of succeeding in a globally competitive world.
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