Candidates sought for next work training class

| 31/03/2011

(CNS): Organisers are now looking for applicants for the next Passport2Success group which is due to start on Monday, 2 May. A free public-private funded initiative, the programme targets young Caymanians aged 17 – 20 years, who are recent high school graduates and who have not yet found suitable employment. Wellness Centre Director and Programme Facilitator Shannon Seymour explained that applicants don’t need high school qualifications or work experience to participate but they must be committed, willing to attend every day, and want to improve their skills. The course has proved popular and spaces are limited so applicants are being urged to submit forms well in advance of the 7 April deadline.

Passport2Success which has had some success getting young Caymanians into the workplace is a twelve-week programme where students are given passports in which stamps are added as they successfully complete goals. Each stamp tells a potential employer that the holder is skilled in a particular area. The more stamps collected, the more employable the individual becomes.

Participants are required to attend classes each day of the twelve-week programme taking part in all the activities to the best of their ability, including daily lessons, group projects and community industry site visits. They also undertake a two-week job placement with organisations in which business relates to participants’ chosen areas of interest and engage in a week-long community-service project.

Candidates earn a weekly stipend. However, it is not guaranteed and must be earned by meeting certain programme criteria. Passport2Success emphasises adult literacy, adopts a practical hands-on approach and uses adult-based group learning instruction methods. Participants may also customise the programme to suit their areas of interest, but must participate in group activities.

Application forms are available online at or from The Wellness Centre located in Unit D5 at Cayman Business Park on Thomas Russell Way. Completed online forms may be submitted via email to or be printed and mailed to: Passport2Success, The Wellness Centre, P.O. Box 10462, Grand Cayman, KY1-1004, Cayman Islands. For more information, visit , email The Wellness Centre on or call Shannon Seymour on 949-9355.

The Passport2Success Programme is co-sponsored by the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment, CML Offshore Recruitment, Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Ltd. and LIME Communications.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Can we sign-up our committee-meeting-skipping MLAs for the course? Oh wait, I see they have to attend every day. Never mind.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Have all of the previous students received job placements? If they have prove it, have a list readily available with the attendees name and the job post they are currently holding.

    I am still skepticle about the stats that they are boasting of and wonder if thats why they are trying to cram as many of these courses in before the public realizes just how many people are truly benefitiing or not from this programme. I also would like to know how much the government is paying to have a private sector facilitate this and why this couldn’t be a criteria taught in high scool or by UCCI.

    Just thought the Minister of Education would surely have the confidence in his education staff to facilitate such a programme.

    • Anonymous says:

      ‘skepticle’ ?

      It’s spelt either ‘sceptical’ (UK) or ‘skeptical’ (US).

      If you can’t spell, or bother to use spell check to see if you got it right, I’d either back off the criticism or enrol on the course.