Cayman’s special economic zone Cayman Enterprise City is partnering through its local jobs initiative Enterprise Cayman with the National Workforce Development Agency to help improve job opportunities for Caymanians.
After reviewing applications submitted for its “Summer in the City” internship program, the CEC team found young applicants could benefit from additional support and learning opportunities on how to apply for jobs.
“We noticed that many students are lacking some basic skills that might prevent them from putting their best foot forward with employers, so we decided to address this issue in partnership with the NWDA,” said Maria Philip, vice president of client services.
“We want our young Caymanians to have the best possible chance at internships in the zone and jobs to improve their career options,” she said.
In partnership with Dianne Conolly, NWDA manager for training and development, CEC hosted a job skills workshop to help prepare young Caymanians to compete for jobs that are developing in the special economic zone. In addition to addressing the internship application process, attendees received tips on how to write resumes and cover letters. They learned about email communication and etiquette; telephone and face-to-face interviewing; and networking and negotiation.
“As the zone expands, new jobs are being developed and we want our students to be aware of those opportunities,” Ms. Philip said.
The Summer in the City internship program is geared to young people 18 to 25 who have graduated from high school. The program begins in May and the length of an internship depends on the company offering it. There are currently more than 200 companies from 20 countries established in the special economic zone, and internship opportunities are being developed all the time.
Workshop attendees were encouraged to sign up for NWDA’s Employability 101, a 10-day training course designed to address some of the direct and indirect barriers to employment.
“The NWDA is pleased to partner with CEC to promote its internship program and provide students information on how [to] best prepare when accessing these opportunities. Internships provide the opportunity to build relationships with an employer in an industry of interest, gain valuable applied experience and allows employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent,” Ms. Conolly said. “We would encourage young Caymanians to explore these specialized areas such as media [and] internet, commodities and derivatives, science and technology. These are not jobs of the future; these are opportunities that are available now.”
Those interested in opportunities offered through CEC’s Summer in the City internship program can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 945-3722.
Source: Cayman Compass