Development Bank workshops

The Caribbean Development Bank has finalised plans to host two separate small business workshops in the Cayman Islands in May. The announcement follows a visit to the Cayman Islands by Kenneth Harvey, the Caribbean Technological Consultancy Services network coordinator with the Caribbean Development Bank.

The CDB’s consultancy services network aims to strengthen private sector capabilities by linking business and technical experts with businesses in need of advice.

The Computerised Job Estimation Tool workshop will be a four-day training session designed to teach contractors and artisans how to use computer software to accurately work out estimates for contracts. This session will help participants determine the finite cost of a project based on a variety of factors and assist them to make more accurate and competitive bids for projects. By learning to use the CDB proprietary CJET software, attendees will be able to manipulate the quality of the bid, see the impact of a given bid ratio/bid rate on the overall line cost of bill items and project earnings in excess of each line cost.

The CJET workshop will be presented in conjunction with the University College of the Cayman Islands and the Department of Commerce and Investment at UCCI from 22-25 May. The cost per person for the programme is CI$125 and covers the CJET computer software, lunch and coffee breaks.

The Food Hygiene and Safety Practices workshop will run from 22-24 May and is scheduled to take place at the Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa. This three-day workshop will be a collaborative effort between CDB, the DCI, the Cayman Islands Department of Environmental Health and the Department of Agriculture. Training facilitators will highlight the critical issues and requirements needed to ensure good food hygiene and sound food safety practices.

Participants will get definitive and easy to understand guidelines for setting up effective hygiene and sanitation protocols and procedures irrespective of their level of involvement in the business of food preparation and service. Teaching methods will be a combination of lectures, case studies and group class assignments. The cost per person is CI$100 person and this includes lunch and coffee breaks. All training sessions will run from 9am to 4pm daily and an opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, 22 May at the Westin at 8.30am to launch both workshops.

Registration forms for both courses are available from Charmaine Moss at the Department of Commerce and Investment ([email protected]), or from any of the respective partners listed. The deadline for pre-registration is 14 May.

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