“When we come together as a community we do good things”
Joannah Bodden, R3 Cayman
(CMR) Four students at the Inspire Cayman Training a George Town Technical Vocational & Education Training (TVET) Centre has recognized four young men for perfect attendance since their program began in July 2020.
Eugene Foreshaw, Antoine Powell, Joshua Smith and Christopher McLaughlin are attending courses at the vocational facility and received a small reward for their hard work and dedication.
R3 Cayman was on hand to celebrate that achievement and offering encouraging words of support. The NPO has also made a sizeable donation to ensure that scholarships to ensure financial hardships are not a hindrance to these young Caymanian men achieving their career goals. They were presented with an HP Chromebook computer from Inspire Cayman.
R3 Cayman's Chairman, Bryan Hunter and board members Joannah Bodden-Small and Sheenah Hislop were all on hand to lend some words of encouragement and support to the participants. R3 has donated CI$31,000 to the Build Your Future organization; which provides scholarships for the students to attend three programs offered by Inpirate Cayman. A second performance-based donation of CI$25,000 will be awarded later on depending on their performance in the program.
“R3 provided donations to Future Cayman which in turn provided scholarships to ten students to participate in vocational training. That aligned perfectly with our mission to help these islands recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, by supporting technical and vocational education training programs.”
However, two of the young men have already secured apprenticeship employment contacts with IWC, a local waste management company. Jason Brown, MD at ICW was pleased to be partnering with the young men and offering them the opportunity to show off what tools they have acquired via the program. Joshua Smith is going to be understudying on the heavy equipment operations side of things, and Ellis Parchment is going to be understudying our lead diesel technician, Mr. Brown explained.
He noted the importance of paying it forward during his remarks:
“All of us want to be a positive influence on you so that you can be a positive influence on others. Never give up, no matter what struggles you face in life. Keep persevering and you’ll get there.”
Three of the young men have secured apprenticeships as well. Michael Myles of Inspire Cayman shared how incredibly proud he was of the young men and have far they have come thus far. The program is slated to be completed later this month and Myles shared they should have 100% placement for all the students.
He encouraged them by stating that “You have worked hard. You have ensured that everything of what you have done has been towards elevating yourself to the place where you are a phenomenal employee. That is what employers are wanting from us, and wanting from you. They want you to come in and transform their companies.”