It is a well known fact among some circles in the Cayman Islands that there just aren’t enough professionals to fill vacant jobs.
This newspaper has implored businesses to set up programmes aimed at training young Caymanians to fill those jobs once the educational process is complete.
One of the professions with the most gaping need for experienced workers is accounting.
The Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants has seen the need and taken up the gauntlet to do something about it.
Many accounting firms in the Cayman Islands have found themselves with job vacancies and an inability to fill those voids.
There aren’t enough Caymanians trained to do accounting and recruiting from overseas has proven difficult.
The accounting professionals group has put together a team to develop recommendations to improve the recruiting and retention of young Caymanians into that profession.
What the CISPA group is doing is not only necessary; it’s the right thing to do.
All businesses operating in the Cayman Islands have an obligation to young Caymanians to offer training.
It is not necessary to continue to look overseas for young professionals if the right thing has been done in this country and young people properly trained.
The practice of grooming our future professionals right here at home is a win-win situation for all involved; businesses will know the young professionals first hand, having helped develop them.
The young Caymanian professionals will have a niche here in their home country to work and won’t feel the need to travel abroad to make a decent living.
Businesses that groom young Caymanians for top professional spots will also ensure that they will be able to attract and retain new business.
The Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants is to be commended for finding ways to train and keep young Caymanians.
All businesses working in the Cayman Islands can take note of the CISPA and follow suit.
It’s the right thing to do.