There are 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.
Inspire Cayman Training offers two automotive courses: an Introduction to Automotive and Automotive-Maintenance and 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.
UCCI also offers a 9-month programme which takes you to Level II and III. You can then take an exam with the Institute of Motor Industry.
Cayman Career Academy (CCA) is a new spa and beauty school located in Smith Road Plaza. First in the Caribbean to offer world-renowned CIDESCO diplomas, CCA is open to anyone over the age of 17 who is interested in pursuing a career in beauty therapy. They currently offer the full Beauty Therapy course which takes 11 months to complete, a three month post-graduate course for already-trained technicians, and certificates in both Body Therapy and Facial Aesthetics which take six months each to complete. Students receive theoretical and practical training, obtain expertise and a CIDESCO certificate that will ensure they stand out to employers. Day, evening and online class options and scholarships available. They also offer excellent payment plans. For more information see www.caymancareeracademy.ky or call (345) 945 6969.
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.
Go Pro Diving offer 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 license. They also offer the Level II commercial boating license 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 see their very informative website: www.goprocayman.com.
Pro Yacht (345 945 4676) 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. IYT is officially recognised by the Cayman Government and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), making it a valuable qualification in the boating industry. You must be 16 or over to take this course and be mentally fit to operate a pleasure craft.
Other powerboat courses can be taken at Cayman Powerboat School (345) 916 8487.
UCCI offers various courses which will help those get a job in the construction industry:
a) Building Maintenance: this programme is run in conjunction with Dart. Part I is devoted to Electrical Service Maintenance, Part II to Plumbing Service Maintenance and Part III to AC System Maintenance. This programme is primarily aimed at Building Maintenance Personnel who are responsible for the monitoring and maintenance of services in Commercial and Public Buildings. It is intended to provide a solid foundation in Building Systems Maintenance and Control for Plumbing, Electrical, Air-Conditioning and Security Systems.
Note: a course in Safe Working Practice is mandatory prior to commencing the programme. This is conducted by an OSHA-authorised Instructor in conjunction with the Department of Labour and Pensions.
b) Fundamentals of Construction: This programme runs over three semesters (classroom and workshop-based) and although it is designed for practitioners in the construction sector (who require theoretical skills upgrading), it is also suitable for those wishing to gain insight into the many facets of construction work. The objectives are to instil sound working practices, develop an appreciation for the technologies involved, upgrade existing levels of competence and develop an awareness of building regulations and specifications.
c) Project Management: This is a one semester course (classroom-based) which is intended for persons employed in the construction industry. It aims to expose participants to the managerial aspects of the construction industry and is designed to give an introduction to the Project Delivery System.
Using the proven curriculum of Code Fellows, both UCCI and Cayman Enterprise City (CEC) are partnering to create Cayman’s first Code Academy (CCA) (starting in October 2019). The programmes offered allow those with little or no experience to enter the world of programming, and it allows those with some level of programming experience to be credited with that experience and to then progress in the field.
UCCI offers a one-year lab-based Computer Technician Certificate that has been designed to conform to Industry Standard Certifications such as CompTIA (A + Certification) and Microsoft (MCTS and MCITP).
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 see their website – www.goprocayman.com.
UCCI offers various City & Guild courses including a three-month Food & Beverage Service (Food Service and Bartending) course and a nine-month Culinary Arts (Food Preparation, Baking and Garden Manager) course (Levels II and III).
Risk Consultancy Services Ltd. (RCS) 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). Call Julius Jacky on (345) 326 1007 or email: Julius.email@example.com for more information.
Inspire Cayman Training (ICT) is offering NCCER and ASE certified courses in craft professions (Carpentry, Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical and Construction Craft Labourer). Partnering with Caribbean Utilities Company, ICT strives to help Caymanians get on the road to employment by training them in skills that are useful in the field. Courses are taught at Grade 8 standard. ICT provides portable credentials to all trainees. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s Registry System that allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their craft professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. Trainees must achieve a passing score of 70% or greater on the module test and performance profile to earn a certification.
For more information see www.inspirecaymantraining.com.
UCCI offers multiple technical and vocational courses which include working in the field with employers who offer the practical side of the training. The courses include:
a) Air Conditioning & Refrigeration: This one year course prepares students to take the Level III City & Guild exam. They will then be prepped for the international license.
b) Plumbing: This course prepares students to take the Level I, II and III City & Guild exams. They will then be prepped for the international license.
c) Electrical Installation: Students can take Level II and III exams in Cayman and then they are prepared for the ICC (International Code Council) International Residence Code Exam.
d) Electro-Technology: This course prepares students to work in the electronics and power generation fields. UCCI offers Level I which takes six months to complete, Levels II and III which both take nine months, and then there is a 15-week Prep Course. They then take exams set by the ICC. All four of the above courses involve an official apprenticeship as supervised experience.
The CVTC offer 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 6pm-8pm. Call Allan Moore on (345) 917 7320.
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. Call Laura Ribbins on (345) 949 8485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Bliss Living Yoga (Tel: (345) 949 9642) and Body Works (Tel: (345) 945 6485) both offer the Yoga Alliance RYT200 Registered Yoga Teacher course. All these courses give you an internationally recognised qualification.
All of the public safety offices receive a huge number of applicants: for example, in 2018 over 600 people applied for 5 posts in the Boarder and Customs Department. With Caymanians getting preferential treatment, most of the public safety training schemes are filled by Caymanians. However, this shouldn’t stop you from applying should you fulfil the other criteria.
For the first time since its 1907 conception, the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) are allowing expats who have legally resided on-Island for 4+ years to apply for the force. The requirements are the same for both Caymanian and non-Caymanian applicants, although Caymanians will continue to get preferential treatment. Applicants must be between 18-40 years old, hold a Group 2 or above CI driving licence, have a minimum of a High School Diploma and/or 2 CXCs or equivalent (including Maths and English language) and be computer literate. You must then pass a written entrance exam, the physical bleep test (to level 5.4), an interview and a medical examination to be admitted on to the 16-week training programme. During the training programme, recruits may also participate in live investigations or major policing events under close supervision. There is then a 2-year probation period as a uniformed officer on the front line before being eligible to transfer into a detective or specialist unit, such as CID or K-9.
For more information see www.rcips.ky or contact email@example.com.
Firefighting is an extremely physical career path, and so 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 in a Fireman Carry (across the shoulders). All officers have to complete a Trainee Firefighter course which is a comprehensive course in both the Domestic Division (structure/motor vehicle fires etc.) and the Aerodrome Division (aircraft fires, land and sea search and rescue, etc.), which gives you an internationally recognised certification in Aeronautical Firefighting. They also offer internships which are a great way to get involved with the service early on.
For more information see www.cifs.gov.ky or call Tel: (345) 949 0268.
To join Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (H.M.C.I.P.S) the requirements are as follows: you must be 18 or over, have 3 high school pass grades (inc. Maths and English), and a clear criminal record. The recruitment process involves three stages: ffirst, a written exam, then a fitness test (where you must run a mile under 10 minutes, do press-ups, sit-ups and shuttle-runs) and finally an in person interview. If successful, you will begin a 9-week training course comprised of classroom work and field based training that will lead to an open contract (for Caymanians) and a two-year contract (for non-Caymanians).
Tel: (345) 640 3000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOP TIP: UCCI also offers a wide variety of stand-alone courses, which are taken over a 2 to 14-week period. These courses include: Cake Decorating, Conversational Spanish, English as a Second Language, Real Estate, QuickBooks, Fashion Design, Videography, Photography, Customer Service, Costume Jewellery Making, Wine Appreciation, Computer Aided Designs and much more.
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