Civil servants get a boost

Digicel, KirkISS offer Internet, laptops

Judging from the overwhelming turnout at a special open house for the Islands’ new Civil Service College held at UCCI on Friday 13 July, Cayman Islands civil servants are definitely interested in what’s on offer.

Civil Service College open house

John Byrne of Digicel, Cabinet Secretary Orett Connor, UCCI President Hassan Syed, Chief Secretary George McCarthy, and Financial Secretary Kenneth Jefferson at the Civil Service College open house held 13 July at UCCI.
Photo: Basia Pioro

At the event, members of UCCI’s new Faculty of Public Administration had the chance to meet and greet Cayman civil servants looking to learn more about the CSC and to answer any questions they might have.

‘The Civil Service College belongs to our civil servants, and this is their opportunity to see and hear first hand what is being developed to enhance and upgrade their knowledge and skills,’ said Chief Officer Designate in the Portfolio of the Civil Service, Mary Rodrigues.

‘If we truly believe that our people are our most valuable assets within the public service, then we must acknowledge that our goals of making government more effective and efficient can only be achieved through their efforts. Therefore it is critical that we invest in their training and development.’

The CSC’s emphasis will be on competency-based learning, meaning participants acquire practical skills for real-life scenarios that can be applied immediately to their workplace and to daily life.

Students can choose from courses covering such areas as leadership skills, personal development and career planning, business communication skills, finance, accounting, and ICT.

The courses offered will also be awarded regular college credits that can be applied toward UCCI Associate or Bachelor Degree studies if participants choose to advance their careers through higher education.

Bringing the course offerings into the 21st Century is the use of experiential hands on and interactive learning based on international best practices. All courses will be available on-line through UCCI’s Angel Learning System, meaning that if necessary, students will be able to do their coursework on their own time as well as in a traditional classroom setting.

A partnership with KirkISS and Digicel will provide free access to UCCI’s wireless data network and island-wide mobile broadband Internet access, as well as $350 laptops for all enrolled students.

The open house also gave prospective students the opportunity to provide feedback on the proposed course offerings, and to indicate other courses they would like to see offered.

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