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Youngsters hope course will be springboard for success

Ship-shape: young Bermudian participants of the Endeavor Maritime Sprinboard course got hands-on experience of working at sea recently (Photograph supplied)

Ten Bermudians have recently completed a seven-week training course that could launch them careers on the ocean waves.

The programme, run by the Endeavour charity in partnership with the Bermuda College, gives youngsters hands-on experience of sailing and possible maritime careers.

Jennifer Pitcher, Endeavour’s executive director, said: “We are beyond proud of the progress and achievements made by our Endeavour Maritime Springboard graduates.

“They exerted an incredible amount of commitment and effort to further their skills and learn as much as they can throughout the programme.

“By engaging in hands-on training, peer to peer and mentoring relationships, and multiple avenues for learning and growth, they have benefited tremendously. We wish them all the best for their future endeavours.”

Zakao Hart, 17, a student at the Berkeley Institute, said: “Participating in the Endeavour programme made me a better person, building my skills and helping me feel confident talking and working with new people, and stepping out of my comfort zone.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that makes you a better person and builds your character. It is a very useful experience to help get your foot in the door and I recommend it to other young Bermudians who want to work in the maritime industry.”

Another graduate, J’Kai Berkeley, 18, said: “This experience has helped me to build my resume and learn more about myself.

“Building my knowledge of the maritime industry helped me to enjoy this programme and develop knowledge and skills that will assist me in the future with my career goals.

“I enjoyed shadowing a technician because it was great to hear their pathway and to gain some hands-on experience.”

During the final week of the programme three students took part in work experience opportunities with marine organisations that had linked up with the charity. This gave them further insights and experience into possible career pathways in the maritime industry.

Participants also learnt best practices to improve their resumes, as well as create action plans for their job search and career planning through interactive workshops that prepare them for future success.

Karen Smith, Bermuda College APACE coordinator, said: “The Bermuda College is proud to partner with Endeavour for this career development initiative that equips Bermudian youth with the skills, knowledge and experience to be successful in their goal of working in the maritime sector while exposing them to different career pathways.

“Since 2018, 64 youth have completed the Endeavour Maritime Springboard Programme, of which over 70 per cent are gainfully employed with many now working in the maritime sector and pursuing additional training and education.”

Olivia Reilly, Endeavour’s operations manager, added: “Another benefit of the hands-on training offered is the opportunity for young Bermudians to achieve internationally recognised qualifications.

“The qualifications provide the foundation of maritime knowledge and skills which are transferable through many career pathways and provide exposure towards new opportunities or areas of interest in the maritime industry.”

Endeavour’s programmes focus on inclusiveness to ensure that young people of all backgrounds, skills and abilities are able to participate in its programmes. The next programme will start in January 2024.

Candidates must be Bermudian aged between 16 and 34. Previous marine experience is not required, but candidates must be available to commit for the duration of the programme, exhibit a positive attitude, and have a strong willingness to learn. Applications will be accepted until November 4.

For more information e-mail info@endeavour.bm or visit the Endeavour website here.

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Published March 17, 2023 at 11:47 am (Updated March 18, 2023 at 8:37 am)

Youngsters hope course will be springboard for success

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