Trade School moves a step closer

Michael Myles says the new trade school is ready to open its doors. - Photo: James Whittaker

Cayman’s first trade school plans to open its doors next month after being granted a licence by the Education Council.

Inspire Cayman was issued a Technical Vocational and Educational Training licence last week. It is the second centre in the Cayman Islands to receive a TVET license after beauty therapy school, the Cayman Career Academy.

Michael Myles, founder of Inspire Cayman, said the centre is ready to begin its courses at Northward Prison immediately. The community courses are scheduled to start at the school’s headquarters on Eastern Avenue in October.

He said around 20 people had signed up for the first courses, which focus on core skills and job-readiness. All students are required to complete those courses before they can begin trade certifications.

The school is certified through the US-based National Center for Construction Education and Research and will offer trade courses run by industry professionals, including mechanics, plumbing and air conditioning servicing.

Myles said the school has also secured additional accreditation from the UK-based EduQual.

He said accreditation from major UK and US organisations meant the qualifications would be internationally recognised and transferable.

The accreditation also means Inspire can offer a wider menu of courses, now including communications cabling and networks, fibre optic installation and cellphone repair.
Courses will be available depending on demand.

He said the school had reached out to the Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman department to link up with unemployed people looking to get qualified.

So far, he said, interest had been from a mix of locals and expats and included a range of school leavers, as well as people already working in the trades looking to further their careers.

“Getting the TVET licence is a huge milestone. We needed that before we could open our doors,” he said.

“The EduQual accreditation maybe even trumps that because it means we can offer more internationally recognised and transferable courses.”

For more information, email [email protected], visit www.inspirecaymantraining.com, or call 939‑1301.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Kudos on you sir.

    There is much to be said about earning ones living producing something tangible, something that one can touch, and is an important aspect of maintaining societies high standard of living.

    It pays well if you are honest, work diligently, care about your customers, and deliver a good product.

    Far too often this type of industry is overlooked but should not be underestimated as a good quality way to provide for a good quality of life.

  2. Congratulations to Mr. Myles on this much-needed venture and also to the DeMercados on their automotive apprenticeship program. I wish them all total success.

    It is encouraging that the private sector is stepping up to fill this essential gap in post-high school education options that successive Governments over the years has ignored within the public education system.

    Hopefully Government will continuously offer a morally appropriate level of support to these ventures so that they will succeed and the results of their efforts will be displayed in the next wave of school-leavers who elect to take this route (or who may have no other options) and for reformed ex-prisoners also.