Twenty young Caymanians have graduated from the most recent Passport 2 Success program.
On Dec. 1, the young people seeking to improve their chances of employment became the 15th cohort to graduate from the 12-week preparedness program. Participants received training in occupational, personal and job-specific skills. They also participated in work placement opportunities and volunteer work through community service hours, according to a press release from the program.
Program coordinator Shannon Seymour said in the press release, “The graduating group have demonstrated their commitment to learning the skills that will secure employment and help them to maintain employment, with 33 percent of the graduates securing full-time or part-time employment prior to the end of the program.”
Now in its fourth year, Passport 2 Success has prepared more than 355 young Caymanians to enter the work force with professional-level competencies.
On average, 85 percent of participants complete the program, with approximately 35 percent having secured employment by graduation, and 61 percent secure employment within a year of graduation, the press release stated. In the 12 months post-graduation, 18 percent of graduates also report furthering their education.
Minister of Education, Hon. Tara Rivers, Acting Chief Officer Christen Suckoo, Deputy Chief Officer Dr. Tasha Ebanks-Garcia, Dianne Connolly, National Workforce Development Agency Training and Development Manager, sponsors, internship providers and family members, were among the guests at the graduation ceremony at the Wharf Restaurant. Along with celebrating the graduates, the program recognized each of the sponsors for their continued contributions.
For more information regarding the program, as well as application forms and start dates for the next cohort, visit www.passport2success.ky or Passport2Success Cayman Islands on Facebook. The program is a Ministry of Education initiative delivered through the NWDA and sponsored by Butterfield Bank and Webster’s Tours.