Cadets earn diplomas in public service

Thirteen out of 15 members of the Cayman Islands Cadet Corp have completed a course in Public Service. The other two will complete the curriculum over the two-year period of the course.

The course, facilitated by Cadets Captain Ricardo Henry and Lt. Nat King, was held at John Gray High School and at the Cadet Corps headquarters.

Over the one-year period of the course, which commenced in September 2008 and ended in July 2009, cadets attended extra lessons every Thursday afternoon and participated in a gruelling camp while demonstrating commitment and dedication to the completion of workbooks.

Of the 13 participants who completed the course, 84 per cent of the individuals earned a merit and above.

Leading Officer Cadet Shemina Barnes stood out in particular, as she earned the first distinction for the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps. Ms Barnes has been a dedicated cadet and has demonstrated good leadership skills, stated a Cadet Corps press release.

The diploma can be used to assist with matriculation into the University College of the Cayman Islands or other UK universities, to help find employment and provide them with general life skills such as career planning, leadership, teamwork, communications, problem solving and physical fitness.

Cadets also learned professional resume preparation, interviewing techniques, communication, first aid, adventure training, health and nutrition.

Cadets also participated in the Toastmasters Youth Leadership eight-week course, which they all successfully completed.

The Cayman Islands Cadet Corps has enrolled more than 50 cadets in the programme over the past four years, all of whom have passed the course.

In order to enrol in the Business, Technology and Education Council Programme, cadets must be 16 years of age and should be at least Two Star qualified. A Two Star cadet is one who has undergone at least 12 months of training. In some cases, there are some exceptions for cadets who are 15 years of age but are Three Star qualified. Cadets are also required to complete the course syllabus, which includes supervised adventure training activities and occasional weekend training.

To be a members of the Cadet Corps, complete an application form and hand it in to the Cadet office. For more information about the Cayman Islands Cadet Corps, visit the website at, email [email protected] or phone 946-9810.

The course is offered free of cost to cadets.