Investors in People looking to train new advisers

Investors in People Cayman Islands are looking to train and develop a new cadre of Specialist Advisers to work with local organizations seeking to attain the Investors in People Standard.

The Chairperson of the Investors in People Council, Mr. Peter Beckford explained that the increasing need for human capital development within the Cayman Islands has resulted in the need to increase the advisory capacity of the programme.

Selected candidates will be expected to undergo a rigorous year-long training and development programme commencing in June 2009 that includes hands-on experience working with client organisations.

Developed in 1990 by a partnership of leading businesses and international organizations as a tool to improve the skills of the UK workforce, Investors in People is the only internationally recognized Standard which helps organizations to improve performance and realize objectives through the effective management and development of their people.

The timing of the recruitment drive is not coincidental.

‘The Standard provides a structure that is extremely supportive of the Immigration Department’s proposed Accreditation System for Employers which seeks among other things to encourage best practice in the recruiting, training and retaining of Caymanians’ said Investors in People Council Member Nick Joseph.

‘It is expected that organisations recognised as an Investor in People will benefit by gaining points towards accreditation,’ he said.

Dax Basdeo is an Investors in People Council Member and Executive Director of the Cayman Islands Investment Bureau.

‘Having access to trained Specialist Advisers will help organisations, especially smaller businesses, to acquire many of the points necessary for accreditation at Tiers Two and above as they work towards Investors in People accreditation,’ he said.

Since the pilot programme was launched in September 2003, nine organizations in the Cayman Islands have been officially recognized as having attained the Standard following a thorough assessment by independent external assessors from the UK though two of the recognised entities have since merged and another has migrated from the Cayman Islands.

There are now currently seven organisations namely the Cayman Islands office of KPMG, the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, Caribbean Utilities Company, Appleby, Appleby Trust, Julius Baer and the Education Standards and Assessment Unit of the Ministry of Education (formerly the Schools’ Inspectorate).

A number of businesses continue to work towards the Standard including Massive Equipment Rental and Sales and the Caledonian Group.

‘Working as an Investors in People Specialist Adviser has been both challenging and rewarding,’ commented Philip Scott, Head of Investors in People Cayman Islands.

‘Achieving the Standard is not easy but organisations recognise that working towards it creates an organisational climate which promotes employee collaboration and delivers better business performance. It also increases human resource flexibility which is necessary in these times of constant change,’ he added.

Individuals interested in becoming Specialist Advisers or organisations interested in getting to know more about the Investors in People Standard can contact Philip Scott by telephone on 244 2416 or by email on [email protected]. The closing date for applications is 24 April 2009.

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