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Massive Equipment Establishes UCCI Construction Vocational Scholarships

Local News 07 Feb, 2024 Follow News

Michael Godfrey, David and Tina Kirkaldy

Scholarship supports legacy of family-owned business and Cayman’s booming construc:on sector


In honour of its 25th anniversary, Massive Equipment Rental and Sales Ltd. recently announced and launched the Michael Godfrey VocaBonal Scholarship, an annual award intended to support Caymanian students who wish to pursue vocaBons in construcBon technology and management at the University College of the Cayman Islands (UCCI).

Named in honour of the company’s Director, Michael Godfrey, the scholarship will help deserving students bridge the skills gap needed to support careers in construcBon. This sector accounted for the largest number of employment opportuniBes in 2023, according to WORC’s December 2023 jobs report. The report reveals that construcBon opportuniBes represent 22.3% of all job opportuniBes with 4,727 posBngs out of over 20,000 lisBngs.

“The Michael Godfrey VocaBonal Scholarship is a celebraBon of our 25-year journey and represents our family’s commitment to invesBng in the next generaBon, fostering excellence in construcBon technical training, and recognizing individuals who mirror the principles that have defined our success,” said David Kirkaldy, President of Massive Equipment.

The Michael Godfrey Voca7onal Scholarship:

The Michael Godfrey VocaBonal Scholarship aims to support students demonstraBng excepBonal drive and passion in the fields of vocaBonal and technical training, specifically “ConstrucBon Technology Level 1 and Level 2” at UCCI. The annual scholarship seeks out individuals embodying qualiBes of loyalty, hard work, determinaBon, and ambiBon.

“We are excited about the opportuniBes this scholarship will offer to deserving students and the legacy it carries in honoring my father’s values and commitment,” said ChrisBna Kirkaldy, Director of Massive Equipment.

Interested applicants for the scholarship can contact Donnebe Goddard, Director of Student Life, University College of the Cayman Islands at DGoddard@ucci.edu.ky  or 623-0530.

Honouring a Legacy in Construc7on:

The scholarship’s focus on construcBon pays homage to Michael’s roots in the industry. He started Townend & Godfrey Brothers Ltd., in his home country of Jamacia with his brothers before their success led to a merger with Heber Arch’s Caymanian-based company, H.J. Arch ConstrucBon. In 1972, the newly formed Arch & Godfrey ConstrucBon company launched. Seeing a need for construcBon equipment in Cayman, Michael started Arch & Godfrey Rentals a few years later, in 1978.

Twenty years later, the legacy of the family-owned rental operaBon conBnued with Michael’s daughter and son-in-law, David and ChrisBna Kirkaldy, taking on day-to-day operaBons. The couple relaunched the company in 1998 with an unforgebable name: Massive Equipment Rental and Sales Ltd. The company has since expanded beyond construcBon rentals to offer special event equipment rentals, portable toilet rentals and servicing, as well as heavy machinery sales and servicing. Today, Massive Equipment proudly employs over 40 staff and is part of the Massive Group of Companies.

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