Talent and workforce development has never been more vital as we look to adapt to a changing economic climate and the challenges to both employers and employees. Companies are forced to look more critically at their staffing plan and often be more creative in how they meet their needs and requirements. You need to develop the right incentives to keep experienced and valued staff members and create an environment with opportunities for new or junior staff members. But most importantly, when companies are looking for a new staff member, they need to be sure they’re getting the best person for the job. The Chamber has always placed a level of high importance on education, training and career advancement for our community, youth and Chamber members.
It just makes sense.
Business development is all about having the right people with the right training who can grow with the company bringing knowledge and experience to their industries. We must nurture our employees and recognise each potential as a valuable tool and resource within our respective working environments. Educate, train, employ, and keep training.
One of the ways that the Chamber seeks to bring employers and potential recruits together is through its Careers, Education, Training & Jobs Expo, which is going into its 13th year. This year the Expo has been condensed into a one-day event on Friday, 4 February, which will run from 10am until 7pm at the Family Life Centre off Walkers Road. If you are unemployed or looking for career advancement or educational opportunities you cannot afford to miss this year’s Careers Expo. It is an ideal time for you to meet and question potential employers who will be there to give you first-hand information and advice on how to be a successful candidate for employment within their company.
If you don’t have the qualifications for a particular industry, ask about any available scholarship or training opportunities. Several companies exhibit specifically at the Careers Expo to promote their available scholarship opportunities to young people.
Last year, the Ministry of Tourism, Maples & Calder, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, IMAC and the Water Authority all brought information on their scholarships encouraging the young attendees to apply. This is a great way to get access to all the top employers on the Island – and find out everything you need to know all in one place. Parents with school leavers may wish to visit the expo with their children and discuss career options or get advice on beginning a career and how best to apply.
The Chamber also encourages those who are employed but may be considering a career change. This is a great opportunity to question the experts in a particular industry that you may wish to know more about.
See first-hand how potential employers present themselves and their company and instead of the weeks of appointment making and interviews you can quickly connect with the industry and businesses that you are most attracted to. Use this opportunity to learn how to make yourself a more desirable employee and how you can stand out from the crowd.
Talent has emerged as key to any innovation based economy. The presence of a large pool of highly skilled workers is a powerful lure for businesses and can be directly linked to higher incomes all over the world.
We are no different here in the Cayman Islands and through the Careers, Education, Training & Jobs Expo and other Chamber initiated programmes such as Mentoring Cayman, Leadership Cayman www.leadershipcayman.ky and of course the Professional Development & Training Centre that trained over 1,000 people in 2010, the Chamber hopes to be the catalyst to a more educated and competitive employment market.