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Job success for airport interns

Left to right: Ricardo Graham-Ward, Jordan Lawrence, Barak Bremar, Je-Shae Pace, James Gould and Owen Chisnall (Photograph supplied)

Six young Bermudians have been offered jobs on the island after completing an internship linked to the Bermuda airport redevelopment.

Je-Shae Pace, Barak Bremar, Owen Chisnall, James Gould, Ricardo Graham-Ward and Jordan Lawrence all took part in a six-month programme in Toronto this year.

Ms Pace has landed a job as with Skyport as a project coordinator, and the other five have offers elsewhere in Bermuda.

The programme was a partnership between Skyport, Aecon Group Inc. and the Department of Workforce Development.

According to a press release from Skyport, Aecon helped place six candidates representing a range of industry disciplines, including engineering and architecture, with both Aecon and several consultancy firms across Ontario that have a level of involvement in the Bermuda Airport Redevelopment Project.

The objectives included the development of industry knowledge, leadership and technical skills, as well as building their professional networks, and experiencing Canadian culture.

Frank Ross, Aecon’s executive director of infrastructure, said: “These six Bermudians have spent the past six months working with top companies in Canada and learning from the best in their industries — our design and architecture partners on the Airport Redevelopment Project.

“They return to Bermuda equipped with the knowledge needed to further their careers in engineering, architecture, health and safety and design. We wish them all the best in their endeavours moving forward.”

Throughout the course of the six-month internship, each of the candidates was paired up with an “Aecon Buddy” engineer to assist with navigating a new work landscape, networking, and answering any questions.

The interns were also responsible for making monthly presentations to members of Aecon’s senior leadership team about new challenges and lessons learnt.

Ms Pace, 26, interned with Scott Associates Architects to gain experience in the field of architecture, which she studied at university.

Mr Bremar, 23, worked with Mulvey & Banani International as an electrical design intern.

Mr Chisnall, 22, spent half of his internship with H.H. Angus and half with Aecon to gain experience in the fields of mechanical engineering and project safety.

Mr Gould, 24, interned with Aecon to experience in construction management and safety.

Mr Graham-Ward, 24, interned with WSP Global and Quinn Dressel Associates, which allowed him to further his career in civil and structural engineering.

Mr Lawrence, 20 spent three months with H.H. Angus and three months with Aecon gaining experience in mechanical engineering and construction management.

Aaron Adderley, president of Skyport, stated: “We are happy to have Je-Shae join the Skyport team. She is a young vibrant professional and her skill set is a welcomed addition to the technical team.

“This internship programme was about investing in young, talented Bermudians and providing them with opportunities to grow professionally, which aligns with our community investment goals at Bermuda Skyport.”