Ascendant takes on 15 interns



Student interns are gaining work experience this summer thanks to a local programme.

The Ascendant Group Ltd’s Summer Student Programme will place 15 pupils in positions at the company.

The students taking part in the summer scheme are Ellington Elrico Weldon, Chanah Bremar, Charnae Richardson, Tiffany Bean, Azra Smith, Anthony Bailey, Eric Desilva, Cameron Lee-Ming, Taye Thompson, Zuhri Burgess, V. Santee Symonds-Dill, Jordon Lindsay, Sekai Wainwright-Baisden, Daniel Pinto and Stephon Paynter.

The students are placed in departments at Ascendant, Belco and Aircare.

Mr Weldon, who is studying Mechanical Engineering Technology at the New England Institute of Technology, has taken part in the programme for multiple summers.

He said the experience was not provided anywhere else in Bermuda.

Mr Weldon added: “The skills that we learn while being here are essential for any job that we choose in the future.”

Ms Smith, who recently completed her undergraduate studies in Architecture Design at Temple University, said the summer internship had been “superb” so far.

She explained: “It’s a very welcoming environment with friendly employees.

“I definitely expect this internship to assist me in getting a job in the future as it helps me get more experience under my belt entering the workforce.

“For those still in university, it would help them improve their studies and techniques as well.”

Sean Durfy, president and chief executive at Ascendant, said the company was “delighted” to have the 15 student interns join the team.

Mr Durfy added: “Investing in Bermuda’s youth continues to be a critical component of our corporate citizenship.

“These carefully selected interns will be able to use the insights and skills acquired during their internships to supplement their formal education and to enhance their career prospects upon graduation.”

Students apply for the internships in February, with returning students and recipients of BELCO scholarships and awards are given first preference.

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