There is a large range of excellent vocational training options in Cayman, which could be a good choice for students wanting to learn the practical skills they’ll need to launch their chosen career. Below is a run-down of some of the options available.

Employability Skills

An essential component to getting a job is knowing how to be employable, so the Cayman Islands Government, along with Inspire Cayman Training, have developed an Employability Skills course which covers the following subjects: how to get and keep a job, communication, diversity in the workplace, teamwork, building strong relationships, managing stress and resolving conflict. Each student then takes a Career Fitter Personality Test to see what career would suit them best. Scholarships are offered for this course and Caymanians are actively encouraged to apply. Please call the Training Director on (345) 525 8990 to learn more or book a space on the course. Or, visit the Inspire Cayman Training website.

Auto Repair & Maintenance

Inspire Cayman Training offers two automotive courses: an Introduction to Automotive and Automotive Maintenance and a Light Repair course. Both have been developed using the standards of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The trainees that complete the courses have the opportunity to become ASE Entry-Level certified. For more information contact Inspire Cayman Training.

UCCI offers a one-year part-time auto repair Level 2 and Level 3 programme which uses the International Motor Institute as the qualifying body, providing everything you need to know to become a qualified motor vehicle mechanic.

Beauty Technician Courses

Cayman Career Academy (CCA) is the first locally CIDESCO Accredited beauty school in the Caribbean to offer world-renowned CIDESCO diplomas in Beauty Therapy and Beauty & Spa Management and certificate courses in Aesthetics, Body Therapy and Manual Facial to anyone over 16. Through CIDESCO qualifications, students receive theoretical and practical training and obtain professional expertise. CCA also offers an accreditation through EduQual, and through them a diploma in Massage Therapy, as well as shorter award courses in waxing, manicures and pedicures, etc. Day, evening and online class options and government scholarships are available. For those who may not qualify for a scholarship, payment plans are also available. For more information visit Cayman Career Academy or call (345) 936 2228 to book an interview.

Boat Training

Aside from helping beginners learn the ropes, boat training can help boost employability, give companies formal safety qualifications and even lower boat insurance. For private/non-commercial boat owners, training courses can often significantly lower your insurance costs – make sure to ask your insurer about discounted rates.

Sand Cay Boat Masters is an International Yacht Training Worldwide (IYT) authorised school run by Alastair Monro. Recreational courses available in Cayman include VHF Marine Communications Master SRC, Small Power Boat & Rib Master, International Crew (Sail), International Bareboat Skipper Sail, MCA International Certificate of Competence 24m Sail/10m power. Students need to be over 16 years old to obtain certification. The Rib Master course is popular with families with a runaround powerboat who wish to learn to operate it safely, and the International Bareboat Skipper course is popular with those with a little more experience and is the minimum qualification required to obtain your International Certificate of Competence which is required if you wish to charter a vessel of up to 24m long and 20 miles offshore. For more information contact Al Monro on (345) 328 5163 or email: almonro65@gmail.com.

Go Pro Diving offers two boat training certifications which are administered by an agency called MTCI (Maritime Training & Certification International). This agency is recognised by Malta and is compliant with the newly drafted Caribbean Small Commercial Vessel Code. Go Pro Diving offer the Level I Small Power Boat Operations course which is intended for new and seasoned recreational boaters wanting a licence. They also offer the Level II commercial boating licence which trains and certifies people for carrying passengers, taking night passages, and travelling a further distance off shore. For more information call Ash McKnight on (345) 925 9092 or visit Go Pro Diving.

Pro Yacht is an International Yacht Training Worldwide (IYT) authorised training and instructor school offering certified courses for all levels of boaters ranging from Personal Watercraft and VHF Communications to the most popular course, Small Powerboat and RIB Master. The Small Powerboat and RIB Master is a two day certified course covering the basics of boat handling, operations and safety perfect for families and children 16 and older. Classes are limited to three students for more personal instruction. Visit Pro Yacht or call (345) 945 4676 to book a course. Other powerboat courses can be taken at Cayman Powerboat School (345) 916 4731.

Coding

Cayman Code Academy utilises the proven curriculum of Code Fellows, an internationally recognised coding school to offer full-time remote classes with the help of Cayman Enterprise City. Access classes virtually, and interact in real-time with the instructional team. The programme is available to those with little or no experience of the world of programming, and it allows those with some level of programming experience to advance in their field. For more information visit Cayman Code Academy.

Computer Technician Certificate

UCCI offers a one-year full time Computer Technician Certificate that introduces students to the fundamentals of computer hardware and software, mobile devices, security and networking concepts, and the responsibility of an IT professional. The latest curriculum includes mobile devices, Linux, as well as expanded information about Microsoft Windows operating systems, security, networking, and troubleshooting. Inspire Cayman Training also offers a Certificate in Computer Servicing & Repair.

Inclusion Cayman

Inclusion Cayman is a non-profit organisation supporting individuals with disabilities in their vision of accessing inclusive education, recreation/community, and employment. Please contact Inclusion Cayman to learn more about how their Rotary Employment Partnership creates gainful employment based on an individual’s skills, gifts, and talents. Unit 6–8 Corporate Plaza, 81 Godfrey Nixon Way, George Town. For more information, call (345) 623 2957, email Inclusion Cayman or visit their website

Craft Skills

The NCCER Core Curriculum Introductory to Craft Skills encompasses 160 hours of material handling, rigging, power tools, hand tools, construction maths and construction site safety. The course costs CI$3,500 and can be done through Inspire Cayman Training. For more information contact Inspire Cayman Training.

Dive Instructor Training

If you are looking to make scuba diving your career, then you will have to become a PADI Dive Master before you can take the PADI Dive Instructor training course. Go Pro Diving offers all levels of dive training up to Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT) and they regularly work with the Fire Department, UCCI and CIFEC. For more information call Ash McKnight on (345) 925 9092 or visit Go Pro Diving.

Hospitality & Culinary

UCCI offers various culinary programmes including short one semester courses. These include:

Basic Cake Baking and Decorating

Students learn how to bake and make all types of decorative icing, practicing piping techniques, including border decoration, sugar flowers, gum paste decoration with molded sugar flowers, fruits and ornaments. Participants will also learn to bake and decorate birthday, anniversary and other specialty themed cakes.

Advanced Cake Baking and Decoration

This course will introduce students to all aspects of royal Icing, from elementary flooding techniques, flowers and lace to advanced techniques such as; brush embroidery and string work. Students will also be introduced to working with rolled fondant and using it to cover a Styrofoam cake and boards. They will also be introduced to different methods for preparing pastillage and use these to create plaques.

Occupational Safety & Health

Risk Consultancy Cayman Ltd. (RCC) offers a 30-hour OSHA (Occupational Safety & Health) training programme in rigging and lifting procedures for crane operations, fall protection training, scaffold building, forklift operator training, hazardous material handling, fire warden training and PHTLS training (pre-hospital trauma life support). They also offer a full risk management consultancy service for the construction industry. Call Julius Jacky on (345) 326 1007 or email: julius. jacky@rcs.ky for more information.

Technology Courses

Inspire Cayman Training (ICT) offers NCCER and ASE certified courses in craft professions (Carpentry, Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical and Construction Craft Labourer). Partnering with Caribbean Utilities Company, courses are taught at Grade 8 standard. ICT provides portable credentials to all trainees and these credentials are tracked through NCCER’s Registry System which allows all organisations to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of new hires. Trainees must achieve a passing score of 70% or greater on the module test and performance profile to earn certification. For more information contact Inspire Cayman Training.

UCCI

Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes at UCCI offer career and vocational qualifications to students, post-high school and other industry workers while providing an alternative pathway for students whose needs are outside the current curriculum.

TVET at UCCI provides seven key streams to enhance learning and future employment, or further study options for students.

The key areas include:

  1. Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
  2. Auto Repairs and Maintenance
  3. Electrical Installation
  4. Electro-technology
  5. Hospitality & Culinary
  6. Computer Technician
  7. Plumbing
  8. Construction Technology

In addition to TVET Certification, it offers a wide variety of stand-alone short and hobby courses, delivered over 7 to 14 weeks to people of all ages and abilities.

Courses include:

  • Cake Decorating
  • Conversational Spanish
  • English as a Second Language
  • Real Estate
  • QuickBooks
  • Fashion Design
  • Ceramics
  • Plus much more

TVET programmes at UCCI are geared towards the completion of specified qualifications jointly with external bodies in the respective disciplines, while providing Core, Preparatory and Enrichment courses for each student.

Qualifications cover four primary levels:

  • LEVEL 1– Directly Supervised Worker: An introduction to the subject area you choose to study, covering routine tasks, and the learning and practical application of basic knowledge.
  • LEVEL 2 – Supervised Skilled Worker: Involves carrying out complex work-based duties and gaining useful knowledge and understanding of a subject. These are performed in a simulated or live environment, involving individual responsibility and teamwork.
  • LEVEL 3 – Independent Worker: The range of duties is broader with greater complexity. Autonomy and responsibility are also more prevalent at this level, with some control or guidance needed.
  • LEVEL 4 – Supervisory staff who are overseeing and mentoring junior staff members

These levels allow UCCI to cater to the needs of students seeking vocational qualifications, or to continue their education in other UCCI programme or transfer to other institutions.

Community Vocational Training Centre

The CVTC offers a course on how to do electrical wiring. The course is free, open to students aged 17+ and there are no entry requirements. The course is held in the evening from 5pm-7pm. Call Allan Moore on (345) 917 7320.

Online Courses

Since the pandemic, people taking online courses in Cayman has exploded. Inspire Cayman Training now offers hundreds of online courses which can be taken in your own time, wherever you have a computer, and the courses are accredited. See Inspire Cayman Training's online courses.

Personal Trainer Certification Courses

Fitness Connection located in South Sound, runs ongoing ISCA programmes in Kick Boxing, Personal Training and Mat Pilates, AEA (Aquatic Fitness Instructor Certification), as well as SAI Swimming Instructor Training courses. The instructor/owner, Laura Ribbins, has been an international training specialist for over 30 years.

Bliss Yoga Cayman (Tel: (345) 949 9642) will put on their Yoga Alliance RYT200 Registered Yoga Teacher course in 2022 which gives you an internationally recognised qualification. The course consists of 120 hours of in-person training and is conducted over three 5-Day periods. If you are interested please email info@blissyogacayman.com.

Police Service/Fire Service/Prison Service

Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS)

The RCIPS gives preference to applicants who are Caymanian, married to a Caymanian, and persons with Caymanian Residence with the Right to Work when selecting applicants who are eligible to join as Police Constables. Over the years, based on the high demand and/or the volume of interested preferred applicants, the criteria may be adjusted to allow persons who have been living in the Cayman Islands for over four years to apply. On these occasions, the slots have been filled with as many applicants who are Caymanian as possible, after which, consideration is given to those married to a Caymanian, people with PR, and finally to those who have lived in the Cayman Islands for four continuous years or more.

All applicants must be between the ages of 18 – 40 years, have a minimum of a High School Diploma and three CXC or equivalent passes which must include both Mathematics and English. The applicant must have a clean police record and possess a driver’s licence of Group 2 or higher. Applicants are required to take a written test, a computer proficiency test, and a physical test – a 5.4 bleep test. Applicants must also go through an interview stage in the application process and must also pass a medical examination and a police background check. After completing this process, applicants will be invited to join a training programme of 17 weeks. At the completion of the training, a requirement for graduation is to pass a final written exam. Once completed, the officers are placed on a two-year probation where their progress is monitored during that period of time.

he RCIPS is comprised of various units such as the Traffic and Roads Policing Unit, the Community Policing Unit, the Firearm Response Unit, the K-9 Unit, various units within the Criminal Investigations Department, and much more. During the probation period, officers will have the opportunity to interact with the various units and explore areas that they have a natural inclination for. Upon the recommendation of their line managers, the officer may apply to a specialist unit, should they wish to do so. For more information, visit the RCIPS website at www.rcips.ky or email: RCIPSRecruitment@rcips.ky. To apply at open recruitment, visit www.careers.gov.ky – recruitment season varies from year to year.

Cayman Islands Prison Service

To join His Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (H.M.C.I.P.S) the requirements are as follows: you must be 18 or over, have three high school pass grades (including Maths and English), and a clear criminal record. The recruitment process involves three stages: first, a written exam, then a fitness assessment and finally an in-person interview. If successful, you will begin a 9-11week training course comprised of classroom work and field based training that will lead to a six month probationary contract followed by an open contract (for Caymanians) and a two-year contract (for non-Caymanians). Tel: (345) 640 3000 or email: prisoncareers@gov.ky.

Cayman Islands Fire Service

Firefighting is an extremely physical career path. To join the Cayman Islands Fire Service you must be over 18 years of age, be able to regularly lift 20-30lbs, and occasionally lift up to 165lbs. You must also be physically fit, be able to swim, have a clean police record, have no fear of heights and show no signs of claustrophobia. Applications are welcomed from both men and women. All officers must complete a Trainee Firefighter course, which is a comprehensive course that covers all areas that the Service is responsible for. This includes the Domestic Division (which deals with structure and motor vehicle fires) and the Aerodrome Division (which deals with aeronautical/aircraft rescue and firefighting, etc.) Completion of this comprehensive course will give you an internationally recognised certification in Aeronautical Firefighting. The Fire Service also offers internships, which can be a great way to get involved with the Service early on. For more information visit www.cifs.gov.ky or call: (345) 949 2276.