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St. George’s, Bermuda, December 20, 2017 – Six Bermudians have completed an internship programme in Toronto and have all received job offers on their return home.
The programme was a partnership between Skyport, Aecon Group Inc. and the Bermuda Government, Department of Workforce Development (DWD). It was given the greenlight once the project agreement was signed earlier this year.
Following a thorough application and vetting process, Aecon helped to 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 of the program included the development of industry knowledge, leadership and technical skills, as well as building their professional networks, and experiencing Canadian culture.
Je-Shae Pace, 26, Barak Bremar, 23, Owen Chisnall, 22, James Gould, 24, Ricardo Graham-Ward, 24 and Jordan Lawrence, 20, left the Island in in the spring and spent the past six months gaining invaluable experience in Toronto.
Frank Ross, Aecon’s Executive Director, Infrastructure, says: “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 learned.
Je-Shae interned with Scott Associates Architects to gain experience in the field of architecture, which she studied at university. Barak worked with Mulvey & Banani International as an electrical design intern. Owen 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.
Meanwhile, James interned with Aecon to experience in construction management and safety. Ricardo’s internship with WSP Global and Quinn Dressel Associates allowed him to further his career in civil and structural engineering. Jordan spent three months with H. H. Angus and three months with Aecon gaining invaluable experience in mechanical engineering and construction management.
All six of the interns have received job offers and Je-Shae is currently working with Skyport as a Project Coordinator.
Aaron Adderley, President, Skyport, says: “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.”
The Bermuda Internship Program Team consisted of Executive Program Sponsor Frank Ross; Aecon Concessions President Steve Nackan; VP of Human Resources and Program Director Gordana Terkalas; Human Resources Generalist and Program Lead Val Volasko; Human Resources Manager and Program Support Lorelle Machado; and Immigration and Mobility Manager Lisa Reich.
The redevelopment of L.F. Wade International Airport is being implemented under a Government-to-Government framework agreement between the Governments of Canada and Bermuda. In terms of the agreement, Skyport will oversee the overall development and implementation of the project, and the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), through a subcontract to Aecon, will deliver the construction component of the project. More updates about the L.F. Wade International Airport redevelopment project can be found on the Bermuda Government portal at www.gov.bm and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BermudaSkyport.
About Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited
Bermuda Skyport Corporation Limited is a special-purpose Bermudian company wholly-owned by Aecon Concessions. Skyport operates and maintains Bermuda’s airport for a 30-year term. For more information, please visit the About Skyport page.
About Aecon Group Inc
Aecon Group Inc.(TSX: ARE) is a Canadian leader in construction and infrastructure development providing integrated turnkey services to private and public sector clients through its Concessions division. Aecon has successfully completed large-scale projects such as the Quito International Airport, the Cross Israel Highway and Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Aecon is a pioneer in Public Private Partnerships (P3). For more information, please visit www.aecon.com .
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