Passport2Success programme gets under way Monday

Helps get students ready to work

A
new education programme designed to get students workplace ready began Monday
following a successful registration last week.

Dozens
of young people gathered at Mary Miller Hall in Red Bay to register for the new
Passport2Success programme, which will equip students with the personal and career
skills they need to find and retain employment.

 “Passport2Success provides a bridge from education
to the workplace. This is a part of the Ministry’s vision to launch a number of
initiatives, which are intended to provide all young Caymanians with the skills
they need to succeed in the workplace,” said Rolston Anglin, Minister of
Education, Training and Employment.

He
called upon participants in the programme to understand the importance of
adding value to the organisation they work for and explained how Passport2Success
was designed to reflect the values and expectations of the workplace.

All
25 available places for the programme were filled and participants were
selected from a slew of applications for the first intake of the programme,
which will run four times annually. Participants are comprised of 13 males and
12 females, two of which are young mothers. They were selected from all over
the Islands, including 10 from George Town, six from Bodden Town, five from
West Bay, two from Cayman Brac and one each from East End and North Side,
states an Education Ministry press release.

 “The application process has gone very well,”
said programme facilitator, Shannon Seymour of the Wellness Centre. “We have
had a flood of general inquiry phone calls and emails, with many people who are
still in school wanting to know if they can get signed up for September.
Applications are still being received via the website. We will be able to
secure meaningful work placements for all our participants thanks to the interest
shown by local employers.”   

 Ministry
Chief Officer, Mrs. Mary Rodrigues,
is delighted with the response from participants and employers for this first
Passport2Success programme.

“The
interest we have generated in this initiative is indicative of the need within
our community for education and training provisions, which bridge the gap
between compulsory education and the workplace. I am very pleased with the
number of applications and enquiries we have had. It is encouraging to see that
there is an appetite among young people within our community to improve their
skills,” Mrs. Rodrigues said. “We will be monitoring closely the development of
this programme to see how it best fits within our wider agenda for providing
opportunities for people at every level of education and ability.”

Passport2Success
is a full time programme, which runs for 11 weeks. It will be based at the International
College of the Cayman Islands in Savannah Newlands. More information about the
programme can be found on its website at www.Passport2Success.ky.

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