The future recruitment trends of the Cayman Islands economy has become a key point of focus for the University College of the Cayman Islands.
Opening channels of communication with business leaders and creating strategies to meet the community’s requirements will form a major part of the role of the latest member of the UCCI staff.
Kathleen Jackman, a human resources expert, has joined the college as business development manager and will serve as an important link between the country’s institute of higher education and the business community.
She has worked in recruitment and business operations roles in Cayman for the last six years.
‘I expect that my new role will involve a lot of listening,’ Ms Jackman said. ‘I hope to be able to enhance communication between the business community, as well as the public as a whole, so UCCI can create programmes to help students meet the requirements of our future economy.’
Ms Jackman explained that she will be spending her time in the community meeting with private and public sector leaders to discover what the recruitment issues and labour needs are now and in the future. That information will in turn be used to help the college design courses and create specific programmes that will better meet the needs of local businesses, helping both students find work and employers find the right people.
‘We need to take a holistic approach and ensure that UCCI is doing the right things to keep up with Cayman’s future.’
She added that as Cayman is a centre of excellence attracting some of the most talented and qualified people in the world the country’s primary academic institution has a duty to strive for that same measure of excellence.
A number of initiatives to help the college better serve the local economy and produce graduates that will make up the members of the future workforce have been introduced by the UCCI President Mr. Hassan Syed since he took up the presidency last year.
The creation of the role of a business development manager is expected to help improve the way that UCCI works with the local community.
‘I am delighted to welcome Ms Jackman to the team as she will play a key part in how UCCI will better meet the country’s recruitment needs in the future,’ said Mr. Hassan.
‘Ms Jackman has all the right qualities to help us achieve great things and we are all very excited about the work she will be doing with Cayman’s professional associations, government agencies and the community at large.’
Formerly a vice president with dms Organization Ltd.., where she oversaw the strategic direction and management of the human resources and operations departments, Ms Jackman also developed the firm’s recruitment arm BrightStaff, which specializes in financial services recruitment.
Outside of the office, Ms Jackman has been involved in a variety of voluntary projects but her major focus is the children’s choir at First Baptist Church. As the winner of Cayman’s Starquest in 2005, Ms Jackman is also well known to many here in Cayman as a talented singer.