Health City launches apprenticeship program

Health City Cayman Islands and the National Workforce Development Agency have joined forces to offer an apprenticeship program for young Caymanians.

Health City Cayman Islands and the National Workforce Development Agency is inviting young Caymanians to join an apprenticeship program at the East End health facility.

The program gives Caymanians aged between 19 and 25 an opportunity to become qualified support-level healthcare administrators, according to a joint press release from the workforce agency and Health City.

Apprentices without advanced training will train for a diploma through Pitman, a globally recognized institution that provides training in aspects of administration including IT, finance and business.

“The Ministry of Employment and the NWDA are keen to tap into an industry that traditionally has attracted aspiring Caymanian doctors and nurses, but one it recognizes can also lead to meaningful employment opportunities at the administration and support staff level,” said NWDA manager Dianne Conolly.

“We are committed to doing everything possible to train Caymanians for the variety of career tracks available at Health City Cayman Islands,” said project director Gene Thompson. “We are, therefore, excited that our discussions with the NWDA have yielded such an exciting, mutually beneficial, program.”

Employment Minister Tara Rivers said the hospital had already given internship opportunities to almost 500 students and young Caymanians.

“The apprenticeship program now being launched takes this collaboration one step further by offering formal training to, and certification of the apprentices, which will make them more marketable and employable,” she added.

The apprentices will also have the chance to apply for full-time positions, in the area they have trained in, once they have completed the program, Charles D. Bush, Health City’s manager of mission integration and spiritual care, said.

The cost of training for the administrative support-level healthcare positions of medical secretary or medical receptionist will be facilitated by grants through the Ministry of Education.

Health City will also provide a one-year paid apprenticeship, during which the participant will be required to complete their studies, and then continue their training full time, where they will receive practical, hands-on experience while earning a stipend.

To apply for the Health City Apprenticeship Program or for more information, contact the NWDA’s Training and Development Unit by email at [email protected] or call 945-3114.