Ritz hires more Caymanians

The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman has hired 70 more Caymanians for positions across the board.

Some of the positions they will take up include those in the culinary field, housekeeping and retail sales.

Caymanians now make up between 175 to 200 positions out of 800 posts at the new luxury resort.

Despite creative recruiting tactics designed to attract Caymanians, the resort management had been disappointed in the total number of applicants at its Thursday jobs fair.

‘We realize that many talented Caymanians prefer not to work weekends and holidays, which is required in the hospitality business,’ Vice President and General Manager Jean Cohen said before the final recruitment fair.

However, following the recruitment drive Ms Cohen said she is delighted with the results, and added that if there are any more Caymanians out there who would like to join the hospitality business there are still posts available.

Another point Ms Cohen was quick to make is that The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is eager to train and develop the careers of Caymanians so they can take over senior roles at the establishment. ‘We want to mentor and train them to grow their careers and make sure their personal aspirations are met’.

As of yesterday, nearly all of the employees will have begun work, as intensive training begins.

Monday, 80 trainers from the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain arrived in Grand Cayman to begin the intensive sessions for staff of the resort, which is still on schedule for a soft but official opening on 15 December.

From today, an intensive 10-day countdown begins to the opening of the hotel and before training begins today, Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts is to give an address to the employees.

At the final recruitment push for Caymanians on Thursday, which lasted eight hours, there was a great turnout of extraordinarily talented people, explained Communications Director for The Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, Melissa Perkins. Many of these were people the management of the resort had not been approached by before.

The post of Caymanian Theresa Broderick, who was Director of Culture, Environment and Destination Services at the hotel, and who left the post for personal reasons, has now been split in two, and one side of the post has been taken by Caymanian Kurt Christian.

He now heads up Destination Services while the other post created, covering the environment, has been taken over by the John Michel Cousteau Ambassadors of the Environment Programme.

Ms Cohen added that Ms Broderick had done an extraordinary job in laying the foundations for these areas of responsibility and added it was too large an area for just one person to take care of. ‘She did phenomenal work for us,’ Ms Cohen said.