Marcus Fletcher, a grade-11 student at Cayman International School, knew he was interested in a career in engineering but didn’t know what type. Knowing Dart is an active development company in the Cayman Islands with a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) roles, Marcus asked Dart if he could spend his mid-term break gaining work experience with various engineering teams.

MI Careers — Dart’s new digital career fair — provides information and guidance on STEM careers (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and is now live on mindsinspired.ky.

Every year, Dart supports the Cayman Islands Junior Achievement (JA) programme by sponsoring a company and recruiting Dart staff who volunteer and serve as business mentors to the company’s executives and employees (students). This relationship has grown over the years because JA aligns closely with Dart’s Minds Inspired education initiatives and provides students with practical, hands-on experience in entrepreneurship, production, marketing and sales, and financial literacy.

Each summer, students join the Minds Inspired Work-X programme and gain on-the-job, career-shaping experience, working side by side with Dart's professionals. This year, between the beginning of June and the end of August, 15 students participated in the Work-X programme despite the issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minds Inspired was recently invited to visit Stop Now And Plan (SNAP) camp, organised by the Cayman Islands Family Resource Centre, to lead campers in a STEM-themed activity.

The five-day camp, supports young children through activities that teach how to handle emotions, how to make better choices and problem solving skills. Different community organisations volunteered to lead a thought provoking activity that also demonstrated how learning can be fun.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis on an unprecedented scale. At Dart, our collective priority is protecting the health and safety of our people and our community, while continuing daily business operations as best as we can. 

As the virus continues to have a local impact, Dart is closely monitoring advice and guidelines from the Cayman Islands Government and international health authorities and guiding all its programmes, including Minds Inspired, on how to continue.