Teachers get trained in tourism

Sixteen teachers from various schools in Cayman took part in special training last week, which prepares them to teach their students about tourism’s relevance to Cayman and as a career opportunity.

Joan Leacock

Trainer Joan Leacock gives a workshop at the Marriott Courtyard Friday afternoon. Photo: Cliodhna McGowan

The training took place last Thursday and Friday at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel, followed by the presentation of certificates on Saturday evening.

The tourism training, which was provided by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation and funded by the Cayman Islands’ Department of Tourism, provides teachers with the skills and information necessary to better guide students in their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of tourism’s relevance to the Cayman Islands’ economy and to consider the career options within this dynamic industry.

The teachers in the primary and secondary school system were from the following schools: Leading Edge High School, John A. Cumber Primary School, Alternative Education Centre, Lighthouse School, Cayman Brac High School, Red Bay Primary School, George Town Primary School, Heritage High School, PACE High School, New Horizons High School, Triple C School, Cayman Prep and High School, Prospect Primary School, St. Ignatius Catholic School and UCCI.

Also present at the training workshops was Education Officer with the Department of Education James Watler and Patrice Donalds, Co-ordinator Tourism Training and Development with the Department of Tourism.

Back in 2002 DoT worked with the Department of Education to identify 25 teachers in the primary and secondary school system that would benefit from a workshop which prepared teachers to teach tourism concepts in the classroom.

Since four years have passed since then, the DoT and Ministry of Tourism recognised the importance of providing this training again, as new teachers could benefit from this valuable tool.

Teaching the students was Ms Joan Leacock, a trainer with over 16 years experience in various aspects of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry.

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