Second ‘Passport’ course underway

The Education Ministry’s second Passport2Success
course, which was launched on Monday, 20 September, is well under way in its
11-week course.

The successful educational
initiative is sponsored by telecommunications provider LIME, Butterfield Bank
and the Cayman-based CML Offshore Recruitment.

The programme, created by the
Ministry of Education, Training and Employment, offers young people a chance to
improve their employability, boosting their personal and professional skills,
and providing practical training in job-specific areas, work experience,
exposure to employers and career guidance.

The original programmed, held at
the International College of the Cayman Islands, started in April, exceeding
expectations.

Of the 22 students who took part,
six now attend the University College of the Cayman Islands, and eight have
gained full-time employment.

Passport2Success requires
participants to seek not only improvement in their skills, but also to
demonstrate a commitment to hard work.

The programme addresses such skill
gaps as literacy and information technology, while teaching students how to
navigate the process of securing and retaining a job, and prepares them for the
realities of the workplace.

Programme Coordinator Shannon
Seymour hopes to replicate the achievements of the first group in the second
intake.

“I am very excited for the second
intake,” she said.  “Our current group is
highly motivated and extremely eager to take advantage of this wonderful
opportunity.

“The response from the private
sector has been incredible, with companies contacting me on a daily basis,
asking to become involved,” she said.

The scheme, an example of what
public-private partnerships can achieve, allows local employers to play a
significant role in the formation of Cayman’s workforce.

Steve McIntosh is the CEO of
co-sponsor CML Offshore Recruitment.

“The Passport programme offers
local businesses a chance to play a role in the education of potential future
employees, helping shape their expectations and offering everyone a look into
the future,” he said. “We look forward to seeing more local companies become
involved with the programme, offering work-placement opportunities and
on-the-job training.”

LIME General Manager Anthony Ritch
said he is pleased that LIME is able to contribute to the Passport scheme.

“We are of course, a major local
employer and clearly have a stake in boosting general-skill levels among all
young Caymanians, now and in the future,” he said.

Passport2Success is free and
requires no qualifications or work experience.

 

Applicants must submit a
registration form, which can be obtained from the Wellness Centre at
[email protected], or by calling 949-9355 or by visiting www.passport2success.ky.

Comments are closed.