Census workers begin training next week

Trainers conclude 28-hour workshop

Nine groups totalling 387 people
will begin training on 20 September to work as enumerators and field
supervisors in the 2010 Population and Housing Census set to start on 10 October.

Each group will have 19 hours of
training, with evening sessions Monday through Friday and a five-hour session
on Saturday. Four groups start on Monday, 20 September and four others on
Monday, 27 September. The ninth group, for Cayman Brac and Little Cayman, will
train during the day from 27 September.

All training will be conducted by
20 people who themselves underwent 28 hours of training in a week-long workshop
that concluded on Saturday, 11 September.

Of the 20 workshop participants, 10
were from the Economics and Statistics Office, five from other government
departments and five from the private sector, Census Manager Elizabeth Talbert
said in a press release.

The workshop was jointly conducted
by Mrs. Talbert and the United Nations Population Fund’s Sandra Peredez, who is
stationed in Belize.

Economics and Statistics Office
Director Maria Zingapan opened the workshop by emphasising Census 2010’s
importance, not merely for gathering population figures but also as “Cayman’s
biggest statistical capacity building exercise.”

Census 2010 will capture data on
subjects such as health insurance, housing and mortality to help create a more
comprehensive database to better aid planning for the Islands’ future.

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