A total of 87 students from “senior, private and home schools throughout the island”, have just completed the four-week summer work programmes run by the Bermuda Government.

According to Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports, Lovitta Foggo, the Ministry was able to provide “a modest increase in payment to students participating” this year.

Two summer work programmes recently concluded – the Summer Internship Programme (SIP) and the Summer Employment Programme (SEP), which ended on August 9.

“This year the Department assumed the responsibility of coordinating the Summer Internship Programme for high school students. It is a four (4) week programme that provides our young people with an opportunity to work shadow professionals in their chosen area of interest. As a result, our students are better equipped to make more informed choices about their future studies and career path,” said Ms Foggo.

“Historically students were paid a total of $400 for four weeks of work. However I am pleased to note that we recently re-evaluated the SIP and can advise that the students who completed the full four weeks will receive $1,600 instead, which equates to $400 for each of the four weeks.

“This Government remains heavily vested in developing Bermuda’s youth and we are pleased that we are able to support their development in this way,” she added.

The Minister also “praised this initiative as one that is critical to the success of our college and university students”.

“The SEP is an excellent opportunity to build experience in their respective areas of study,” she said.

“Many also find the exposure to real-world work experiences solidifies their chosen career path. In addition, several students use the programme for college credit towards fulfillment of their coursework.

“Benefits of the work experience opportunities and participation in the SEP extend well beyond the summer to influence career development over the long term. Several former programme participants over the years, have secured full-time employment with the employers with which they were placed while participating in the programme. We are implementing a process to track employment outcomes resulting from the summer programmes.”

Minister Foggo concluded, “I must extend my thanks to those who have helped make these initiatives a success. Special thanks of course to the individuals at the Department of Workforce Development for continuing to go above and beyond to help young Bermudians.”

  • Feature Photos Supplied: Minister Foggo and SEP student interns from last week’s closing reception, including:
  • Jasmyn Renfroe, St Olaf College, Biology and Exercise Science – In Touch Therapy Intern
  • Justus Anderson, Dalhousie University, Environmental Science – Department of Environment and Natural Resources Intern
  • Matthew Frick, Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law, Law – Department of Public Prosecutions Intern and Minister Foggo visiting the BAMZ last month to check in on our summer students