Best known in the Cayman Islands for its world-class real estate development, Dart has a global portfolio of investments spanning a range of industries including hospitality, retail, entertainment and biotech. Dart has a long-standing commitment to education excellence in the community with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Dart Scholar is a two-fold scholarship initiative designed to help create Cayman’s next generation of business and community leaders with a highly sought-after scholarship that demands educational excellence and provides unrivalled opportunities.
Dart Scholars receive payment of school fees, uniforms and books for high school study and up to US$40,000 per annum for university study, as well as real-life work experience tailored to meet business needs, one-of-a-kind education enrichment opportunities and mentorship from experts in their potential career fields.
Application deadline is April 12th for high school and May 17th for university.
“Dart has provided work experience opportunities to students for approximately a decade,” says Dart Enterprises Educational Programmes Manager, Glenda McTaggart. “Over the last five years, Dart has introduced more structure to these opportunities, evolving them into an educational programme. While gaining ‘on the job’ experience, students are also assigned real responsibilities, given deliverables, and held to strict deadlines.
They are required to meet certain criteria while getting hands-on, industry-relevant experience – working side-by- side with professionals who provide them with guidance, insights and mentoring.” With a portfolio of companies that range from real estate development to retail, finance and technology, there are opportunities to gain experience in a wide range of industries. Students are matched with positions that align with their studies and career interests, giving them an insight into the various directions their careers could take. “Our work experience is one aspect of our talent pipeline.
Students who perform well, demonstrate future potential and who are a good fit for the organisation are considered for recruitment,” says Glenda. For students whose degree programmes have an internship requirement Glenda works closely with the university and the student to satisfy the internship requirements.
The DART Minds Inspired Mentoring Programme is for students who receive the Minds Inspired Scholarship. Mentors are Dart employees are there to provide professional and academic advice within their ﬁelds of interest. Mentors give direction and support to the scholars throughout high school. They help make decisions on career choices, course application and university selection. They also help prepare the students for independent living giving advice on time management, budgeting, studying and communication skills. Finally, the programme offers work experience within Dart.
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