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Published 15th September 2016, 1:52pm

Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC) is hosting a careers fair this week to support its Year 12 Internship Programme.

The event was held today (Thursday, 15 September) and will also take place tomorrow in the library at CIFEC on Walkers Road.

Around 200 CIFEC students are participating in the careers fair, as well as a range of businesses and representatives from various employment sectors, including banking, hospitality, government and associated entities, legal, finance, childcare, motor vehicle maintenance and repair, and construction.

This years fair also saw a number of new employers committing to the event and to the CIFEC internship programme.

The internship programme is for students in Year 12 - the last year of high school - which typically includes pupils 15 to 17-years-old. The programme provides valuable work skills and ethics to enable students to succeed in the workforce after leaving school. It will run throughout the current school year, twice a week, until April 2017.  

Students attending the careers fair have been encouraged to make an excellent first impression to help them secure internship placements.

Minister for Education, Hon. Tara Rivers, attended the event this morning, mingling with students and employers.

I was very impressed by the large turnout of both students and employers at the fair, said Minister Rivers. It is gratifying to see that, year on year, more local businesses are willing to invest in our students and take them on as interns in an effort to help ensure that they have the necessary skills to enter the workforce when they finish school. Preparing our students for future job and career opportunities must be a collaborative effort by the government, schools and the business community. 

I am also very pleased by the positive attitudes displayed by the students at the careers fair and their increased level of preparedness this year, which did not go unnoticed by many of the employers that I spoke to. Our students are our future, and we must all work together to help them succeed to become positive contributors to our economy and society as a whole.

Employers interested in taking on an intern can contact careers@cifec.edu.ky.