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The government is relaunching its 'Ready2Work' programme in an effort to prepare and train Caymanians who have lost jobs in the tourism sector to work in different industries.
Plans for an influx of 75 new police officers, a $9.6 million cash injection for education and funding for a series of major infrastructure projects were among the key commitments announced in the Cayman Islands government’s budget presentation Friday.
Monthly stipends for elderly and disabled people, retired seamen and veterans will be increased dramatically over the next two years. The Cayman Islands government will also create a new “ex-gratia” payment to top up the pensions of long-serving retired civil servants who currently receive less each month than people on poor relief.
A planned $1.7 million back-to work program for the unemployed has cost less than 5 percent of the amount budgeted after the majority of employers turned down government’s offer to pay salaries for risky new hires. Tasha Ebanks Garcia said the actual spending equated to $700 per person, roughly $80,000 in total.
A government jobs program that pays private sector companies to “take a chance” on hiring unemployed Caymanians has nearly three dozen participants, Premier Alden McLaughlin said this week.
Employment Minister Tara Rivers says she is “surprised and deeply disappointed” over criticism by former Chamber of Commerce president Barry Bodden about a lack of communication from government on the Labour Relations Bill.
A task force involving senior business leaders will help steer government’s new back-to-work initiative for unemployed Caymanians.