Students gain experience in financial services

| 29/04/2019
CNS Local Life
Mentor Andre Budylin of Wheaton Precious Metals (second from left) speaks to students at orientation last month

(CNS Local Life): The fifth annual Cayman Finance Student Education & Work Experience Programme kicked off this month with the first of its in-school workshops, facilitated by financial services industry practitioners. More than 40 high-achieving year 12 Caymanian students from high schools across the islands met the eligibility criteria and were accepted into the 2019 programme.

The students will participate in eight workshops across the last term of the academic year, led by industry experts providing detailed knowledge of the financial services industry, stated a Cayman Finance press release. Students will also receive a minimum of eight one-on-one mentorship sessions with a senior industry representative, as well as the opportunity to undertake a four-week internship with a Cayman Finance member firm.

Over the past four years, about 250 students have completed the programme. Cayman Finance CEO Jude Scott said of the work-experience initiative, “This programme continues to grow from strength to strength. Every year Cayman Finance firms look forward to providing pathways into the industry and helping develop future leaders.  

“Our aim is to educate talented, young Caymanians about the various pathways into this vital industry and enlightening them about meaningful careers that are open to them to embark on sustainable careers that provide opportunity for upward mobility with the development of globally transferable skills.”

The programme is a public-private partnership between Cayman Finance, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Financial Services.

Tara Rivers, Minister for Financial Services, noted that the programme was an important part of the ministry’s outreach into the community. “It has always been of critical importance to the ministry to educate the youth of our islands on this very important industry and we are thrilled to see the continued success of this programme,” she said.

Minister for Education Juliana O’Connor-Connolly praised Cayman Finance for its commitment to developing the youth of the islands, said the press release.

“The continued success of this programme in attracting industry leaders to not only facilitate workshops but to provide mentorship to these students, speaks volumes to the industry as a whole,” she said.

“It is exciting to see the progress of the students as they take advantage of opportunities to build their career path throughout the programme.”

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