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Corporate kids: in banking, and at camps to build workplace skills

Young people are going corporate this summer.

A total of 28 students are spending their summer working at The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited under its 2013 Summer Student Programme.

And the Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative (YEI), in conjunction with the Department of E-Commerce, will conduct weeklong BizCamps at Berkeley Institute for 48 aspiring young Bermudian entrepreneurs aged 13 to 18 years old. The BizCamp dates are the week of July 8th, or July 15th

Additionally, YEI are introducing a special eight-day Career Camp for 15 to 18 year olds from July 22nd to 31st. Students will choose either the E-Commerce or Tourism/Hospitality industry tracks and hear special presentations from experts in these fields.

The Butterfield programme, which runs from May through August, provides an opportunity for Bermudian high school, college and university students to gain business experience and develop skills and important business contacts. This year, Butterfield has added a community service component to the Programme, requiring students to participate in the Centre of Philanthropy’s Summer Intern Community Day, during which the students will give their time to one of the recipient Butterfield Hope Award charities.

In a press release today, Butterfield explained his year’s programme participants are students from a range of disciplines and degree programmes who are studying in Bermuda, the UK, US and Canada, and they are assigned to Butterfield’s retail banking, operations, corporate management, human resources, corporate banking, finance, private banking, trust and credit risk management areas.

McKeisha Smith, vice president of human resources Bermuda said, “Within the programme this year, Butterfield has a great team of bright, enthusiastic students who are eager to learn the ins and outs of banking and who are making strong contributions within their respective departments. We are pleased to have them on board.”

Butterfield’s 2013 summer students are: Christian Belboda, Michael Burgess, Justin Lee, Asia Ming-Raynor, Cordelia Philip, Simone Wales, Stephanie Robinson, Lateefah Caines, James Howard, Davendra Brijlall, Scott Clarke, Zakiya Smith, Natasha Butterfield, Brittany Cox, Rochelle Minors, Taylor-Ashley Bean, Shakilla Burgess, Angelo De Melo, Amber Lambert, David Lunn, Katrina Simons, Tatyana Ortiz, Cherina Darrell-Sutherland, LaShanda Seaman, Sudan Furbert, Lisa Trott, Lara Hetzel and Courtney Clay.

The YEI programme is designed for budding young entrepreneurs to show their business savvy during the summer training scheme.

A press release today explained: “During these intensive programmes students use a combination of The Young Person’s Guide to Starting and Running a Business textbook and workbook, online research, guest lecturers and field-based market research to learn about opportunity recognition, cost of goods, pricing, marketing and many other aspects of running a company and developing and presenting their own comprehensive business plan.”

It quoted Joe Mahoney, executive director of the YEI, who said: “Participants are provided with a business plan template, and after learning the concepts, they complete the plan with specific information for their own business idea and present it to a panel of judges selected from the business community.” Local entrepreneurs and financing partners come in to present “real-world” practices.

There is no cost for students who are accepted to attend BizCamp, and it is supported by the Department of e-commerce, with sponsorship from the Bank of Bermuda Foundation, ARGO Foundation, Tokio Millennium Re, ACE Foundation, PartnerRe, and Cellular One.

Useful website Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (www.nfte.com).

Bank of NT Butterfield summer students who are gaining experience in all aspects of banking during their vacation. They are: Christian Belboda, Michael Burgess, Justin Lee, Asia Ming-Raynor, Cordelia Philip, Simone Wales, Stephanie Robinson, Lateefah Caines, James Howard, Davendra Brijlall, Scott Clarke, Zakiya Smith, Natasha Butterfield, Brittany Cox, Rochelle Minors, Taylor-Ashley Bean, Shakilla Burgess, Angelo De Melo, Amber Lambert, David Lunn, Katrina Simons, Tatyana Ortiz, Cherina Darrell-Sutherland, LaShanda Seaman, Sudan Furbert, Lisa Trott, Lara Hetzel and Courtney Clay.

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Published June 21, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated June 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm)

Corporate kids: in banking, and at camps to build workplace skills

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