News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – The Department of Workforce Development is pleased to announce the start of the 2022 Graduate Trainee Programme, which commenced on Monday, December 6. The Minister of Labour,  Jason Hayward joined the Graduate Trainee Programme participants in a virtual event marking the start of the Programme. 

The programme participants will receive coaching, employability skills training and one-on-one support to develop their personal brand. They will also have the opportunity to gain industry experience in their area of study. At the conclusion of the programme, and to assist with transitioning into their careers, all involved will benefit from a three-month work placement sponsored by the Department of Workforce Development.

Participating this year are ten recent college/university graduates:


University and Awarded Degree

Stephen Corrado

St Leo University, BA History

Bournemouth University, MSc Innovative Management & Entrepreneurship

Chelsea Hill

Queen’s University, BA (Honours) English with Distinction

Samuel Booth

Franciscan University, BS Accounting, Minor in Management and Finance

Caroline Caton

Ontario Tech University BA Information Technology: Networking and IT Security, Minor in Operations Management

Kaiya Richards

Bangor University, BSc Zoology, Animal Behavior

Bangor University, MBA Environmental Management (January 2022)

Harper Adamas University, Foundation Degree, Animal Management & Welfare

Romiko Smith

Berkeley College, BA Business Administration, Marketing Communications

Chanah Bremar


University of Glasgow, MSc Sustainable Energy, Merit

Mercer University, BSE Specialization in Mechanical Engineering

Kyle Christopher


St. Mary’s University, BA Spanish and Latin American Studies

Bachelor of Commerce, Finance and Global Business Management

Financial Modelling & Valuation Analysis

Ashley Fubler

University of Law (Birmingham), Bar Professional Training Course

University of Hull, Bachelor of Laws with Honours, 2:1 (Upper Division)

DeJahnique Hunt


Hunter College, Bachelor of Commerce/Fashion Management

Fashion Arts & Business Diploma, Honours

Addressing the programme’s participants, the Minister of Labour, Jason Hayward, said: “As part of Bermuda Economic Recovery Plan’s Youth Employment Strategy, the Ministry of Labour launched the first Graduate Trainee Pilot Programme in February 2021, with 15 recent college/university graduates successfully completing the programme. I now congratulate each of you for your academic accomplishments and for becoming the second cohort of young men and women to participate in this programme. You are the future leaders of Bermuda, and this Government is committed to providing you with the training and support opportunities needed for success.” 

“I also want to recognise and give thanks to Kelly Francis, President of Performance Solutions and Amrita Phalla, Managing Director at A.B. Consulting for their continued commitment to this programme. Without their involvement and resources contributing to helping Bermuda’s youth, this programme would not be possible.”

The Youth Employment Strategy is one of the 31 priority projects contained in the Economic Recovery Plan. The Youth Employment Strategy aim is to meet the identified needs of unemployed persons between the ages of 18 and 26 and guide unemployed Bermudian youth back to work, and trains them in jobs currently occupied by guest workers. For more information on Youth Employment Strategy and Bermuda’s Economic Recovery Plan, visit

To hear from the first cohort of Graduate Trainee Programme participants, visit