Job programme brings hope for 23 more graduates

| 05/12/2013

(CNS): Another group of young people have passed through the government’s job training programme which readies young people for the workplace and helps improve their chances of getting work in an increasingly tough employment market. Of the 23 young people who graduated from the 12th session of Passport2Success four of them already have full time work, while a fifth has a paid internship and a further six are now pursuing higher education. This was the third group this year to complete the 12-week programme where they receive practical hands-on training in occupational, personal and job-specific skills. Since it started over 240 young Caymanians have been on the programme.

The trainees participated in work placement with an opportunity to impress potential employers and provided volunteer work through community service hours. Participants earned a monthly stipend, including potential performance related bonuses.
Programme Coordinator Shannon Seymour said the program has continued to attract a growing number of applicants.

“We received over 50 applications for the 25 spaces available for Cohort 12.  This speaks volumes of the need and desire to acquire these kinds of skills, and reflects the positive reputation of the P2S programme,” she said.  

Now in its third year, P2S has prepared over 240 young Caymanians to enter the work force with professional-level competencies and renewed confidence.  On average 85 percent of participants complete the programme, with approximately 35 percent having already securing employment by graduation, and 61 percent within a year of graduation. In the 12 months post-graduation, 18 percent of graduates also report furthering their education. 

Although a government initiative it is delivered in partnership with private sector sponsors  Kirk Freeport, Webster Tours and Century 21. Webster Tours provides transportation to participants to attend classes and for group excursions during the programme.  Kirk Freeport provides gift bags for the special awards at every graduation, and helps to teach participants about dress and grooming in the workplace.

Education and employment minister Tara Rivers said the programme provides an excellent opportunity for young people to develop professional skills and build confidence as they enter the workforce. The P2S programme continues to deliver in its ability to provide these young people with a considerable competitive advantage in gaining access to jobs,” she said.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Sorry. I agree. I was just commenting on the dearth of comments. 

  2. Anonymous says:

    ….. And nobody seems to care

    • Castor says:

      That's a pretty negative outlook. Lots of people care. It's a step in right direction for these people who attend and graduate.