(CNS Local Life): Cayman Enterprise City (CEC) is accepting applications for the 2019 Enterprise Cayman “Summer in the City” internship programme. In its seventh year, the programme arranges work experience for students and recent graduates throughout the CEC special economic zones (SEZs). The internships are open to Caymanians and residents of the Cayman Islands between the ages of 18 and 25, with about 20 placements available lasting from one to two months during the summer.
The work experiences cover such sectors as internet technology, software development, science and technology, commodities and derivatives trading, maritime and aviation services, and urban planning and development.
“CEC’s vibrant community of 250 global businesses offers the perfect opportunity for young Caymanians to connect with leading industry professionals and gain the skills and experience to pursue creative careers within our growing digital economy,” said CEC CEO Charlie Kirkconnell in a press release.
“It’s important that we actively highlight the diverse career opportunities that are now available in the Cayman Islands and encourage Cayman’s next generation to become future tech leaders.”
The Enterprise Cayman workforce development initiative, established in 2012 by CEC and the Cayman Islands Government, is designed to connect Caymanians with opportunities within the special economic zones, which include Cayman Tech City, Cayman Maritime & Aviation City, and Cayman Commodities & Derivatives City. The initiative offers nine programmes including mentorships, internships, coding clubs, networking events, career-readiness presentations, recruitment services for CEC community members, and school outreach.
All students who apply to the programme are invited to attend a special networking event as well as specialised training courses facilitated by Workforce Opportunities Residency Cayman (WORC), formerly known as the National Workforce Development Agency. The event will offer the opportunity to meet innovative entrepreneurs and global business leaders and practise their networking skills, CEC said in the press release. Workshops offered by WORC cover topics including resume writing, customer service, interview readiness, active listening, and building positive relationships.
“It’s important that we’re not only connecting students with work experience opportunities but are also ensuring that participants know how to positively engage in a global business environment and are equipped with the work readiness skills required to take on high-impact internship placements within CEC,” said Dianne Conolly, National Training and Development Manager.
The deadline to apply to the “Summer in the City” programme is 17 March 2019.