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A small reception took place on Thursday for the participants of the Department of Workforce Development’s Summer Employment Programme. The reception, held at the ACE Building, was hosted by the Minister of Home Affairs, Sen. the Hon. Michael Fahy, JP.

During the reception the Minister delivered the attached remarks in which he wished the students well in their academic studies. The Minister said: “I applaud every student here, and their families, for making a significant investment in their future and recognizing the importance of personal and professional development to enable them to be competitive in today’s workforce.  We, the Government, are equally committed to ensuring opportunities like the Summer Employment Programme continue, where you can gain significant experience, cultivate a strong work ethic, and propel yourself closer to your career goals.

“This year’s programme allowed 150 interns placement in their area of study.  Placements this summer have included Government, Private, and Non-Profit Sectors.  Without these partnerships the Summer Employment Programme would not have been a success.  I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank you.”

Closing remarks were given by three students currently enrolled in the Summer Employment Programme, who shared their experiences with the audience -Peter Cooper (BELCO Summer Intern), Elyssa-June Smith, (Bermuda Health Council Intern), and Vashon Williams (Central Government Laboratory).

Some of the academic programmes that  Interns are enrolled in include the fields of: 
International Business and Insurance (Commerce, Risk management and Actuarial science); ; Law (Criminology and Justice, Computer Criminology); Hospitality (Event Management, Culinary Arts); Business (Global Management, Human Resources, Accounting, Marketing); Health (Biomedical Science, Pre-Medical, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology); Graphic Design (Character Animation); Sciences (Forensic Science, Marine Biology, Conservation, Chemistry); Education (Special Education; Child and Family Studies); Advanced Automotive Technology; Engineering (Chemical and Materials Engineering, Architectural Building Engineering, Mechanical Engineering); Television and Film Production (Motion Media, Dance Performance); Arts and Communication ( Public Relations and Journalism) and IT (Network and Communications Management.)

 

 

Statement by Minister Michael Fahy

I am pleased you could join me today, to celebrate the success of the Summer Employment Programme.  We have had some exceptional students participate this year.  Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to talk with several interns and observe them in their work settings.  It was really encouraging to see just how passionate they are about their chosen fields of study, and how this experience in the summer employment programme has enabled them to connect their academic learning to real work experiences. 

I applaud every student here and their families for making a significant investment in their future and recognizing the importance of personal and professional development to enable them to be competitive in today’s workforce.  You are Bermuda’s future.  We are equally committed to ensuring opportunities like the Summer Employment Programme continue, where you can gain significant experience, cultivate a strong work ethic, and propel yourself closer to your career goals.

This year’s programme allowed 150 interns placement in their area of study. 

Some of the academic programmes our students are enrolled in include the fields of:

International Business and Insurance

Law

Hospitality

Business

Health

Graphic Design

Sciences

Education

Advanced Automotive Technology; Engineering

Television and Film Production  and Arts and Communication

IT

Many of you here today, mentored interns and ensured that students leave this summer with a meaningful work experience.  Placements this summer have included Government, Private, and Non-Profit Sectors.  Without these partnerships, tutelage, and willingness, the Summer Employment Programme would not have been a success.  I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank you. 

To our students here today, I wish you well in your academic studies.  Continue to strive for excellence and broaden your skills, returning and ready to make a significant contribution to Bermuda’s workforce.