Seven hundred Caymanians have been selected to take part in the government’s Christmas work program.
Those who were hired for the seasonal work turned out in droves at the Lions Centre on Monday morning to check the final list to discover what projects they would be working on and which work teams they had been assigned to as part of the National Community Enhancement Project (NICE) job recruitment drive.
The initiative offers work opportunities for unemployed Caymanians over a three-week period spanning Christmas and the new year.
Workers signed contracts and listened to safety instructions at the Lions Centre on Monday. Many workers, who either learned about the process late or failed to make the deadline, were disappointed to discover there were no more spaces available.
Community Affairs Minister Osbourne Bodden said it had taken a lot of work to get the project up and running. “There are a lot of Caymanians still needing work,” he added.
According to organizers, supervisors will be paid $12 an hour and laborers will be paid $10 an hour. Mr. Bodden said he expected the project to cost not more than $400,000.
The organizers said because of the large number of applicants, some would be hired only for one week.
Following an orientation next week, one team of 70 workers will be chosen to work for three weeks. This group includes those with supervisory experience, who will act as team foremen, and those who will be assigned to work at the landfill.
For consistency and safety reasons, this work crew cannot be rotated, managers of the recruitment project said.
Other jobs include repairs and maintenance, gardening, and cleaning parks, beaches and roadside edges. A similar project has already begun on the Sister Islands under the supervision of the Department of District Administration.
Government agencies involved in the work project include the National Roads Authority, the Department of Environmental Health, the Public Works Department and Recreation, Parks and Cemeteries.