Students pick up experience as government interns

| 21/08/2014

(CNS): Civil service bosses said that 90 young people who worked in more than a dozen government departments this summer picked up valuable experience which will help them in their future careers in the private sector as well as the public. With the civil servicefacing an uncertain future and a reduction in headcount it remains to be seen if there will be any jobs waiting for the young people when they finished their studies. However, Franz Manderson the civil service boss said what they learned in the myriad posts they undertook this summer will be useful regardless of where their careers take them.

“The work experience will have provided these young people with a meaningful insight into government services and the requirements of a dynamic public administration,” the Deputy Governor, Franz Manderson, said adding that what they learned in the few weeks they spent in government, “should provide invaluable knowledge and skills that will come in handy whether employed in the public or private sectors in the future.”

The programme which provided summer jobs to Caymanian students, who worked anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months, ran from 20 May and will end on 1 September

The young people were provided temporary jobs ranging from receptionist to office support assistant and computer technician. Others offered support services in public administration, engineering, medical and environmental health, as well as legal and child day care services, or shadowed senior officers at work.

Ranging in age from 16-25 years, the interns are studying a wide variety of subjects at overseas universities, local schools and colleges. One was also enrolled in the Passport2Success programme an employment ministry initiative which helps to better prepare unemployed persons for the job market and workplace. The group included scholarship and non-scholarship students.

Immigration, Computer Services, Education, Judicial Administration, Government Information Services, Legal and Public Works, as well as the Deputy Governor’s Office, Cabinet Office, Portfolio of the Civil Service, Ministry of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs and the Ministry of Health, Sports, Youth and Culture provided posts for the interns.

Gloria McField-Nixon, the portfolio of the civil service’s chief officer explained that for the  employers, the work experience provided human resources personnel with an idea of students’ potential employability should jobs become available.

Care was taken, she said, to ensure that the interns derived the most benefit possible from the programme, including slotting students into jobs that matched their areas of study. The aim was to build up their competencies and so boost their confidence, knowledge and skill levels, which would better translate into future job opportunities with government, the private sector or self-employment, McField-Nixon added.

 

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  1. Uncivil Servant says:

    May the good Lord have mercy on these poor young souls, for they know not what they do.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Government interns ?  omg..  i hope they dont give them CREDIT  CARDS !!!

  3. Anonymous says:

    What are they teaching…the civil service reeks of laziness and inefficiency…yup this is how we do things….you are supposed to stop the downward spiral not continue it!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I think this is a good initiative. However I think there needs to be more. People are hired based on their skills, experience and education.  One of the most important things I have realised when getting hired for a job is that those things are not important. It is the soft skills. Once you are in the door you have to retain your job. The way to do that is through interpersonal skills.  Having an upbeat personality, getting the work done without complaints, actually working and not sitting there socializing, asking for more work when completing a job quickly, showing initiative etc. In school and during these work experiences, teach these interns the importance of soft skills. 

  5. Anonymous says:

    did they get credit cards too! anyhow i am glad they are doing something productive.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Excellent move by the Civil Service – leading the way once again in training and employing Caymanians. So many positives things are happening in the civil service. Too bad we keep looking in the past to discredit the good work that is happening now. Thank you Civil Service for giving so many of our young people such a great experience. Let’s see how the negative bloggers will find a way to criticize this.

    • Anonymous says:

      Internships and training positions for young Caymanians are nothing new in the civil service -they have been in place for at least 30 years. But nowadays people only want to be negative. It is very sad.

    • Anonymous says:

      Well, since you asked….I wonder how many expats were interns to allow ease of transition to permanenet positions/scholarships? happy now?

  7. Anonymous says:

    More PR.