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Matching People with Jobs

Department of Employment Relations (DER) staff are on a drive to register Caymanian jobseekers in its job bank, in an effort to match them with current and future employment opportunities.

DER Head Lonny Tibbetts said the series of meetings will begin next Monday, 9 February in East End, followed by West Bay on Tuesday, 10 February; North Side on Wednesday, 11 February; and Bodden Town on Thursday, 12 February. Each meeting will run from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The department's efforts will culminate with its participation in the Chamber of Commerce's Career Fair, set for Friday, 13 February and Saturday, 14 February at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

The DER works to assist Caymanians at all academic levels and qualifications to find meaningful employment, Mr Tibbetts explained. Services include job matching and counselling; training in job skills; and referrals to guide unskilled workers to improve their qualifications.

He added that DER has a network of some 1,500 businesses, which partner with the department in a bid to place Caymanians who need employment.

Mr Tibbetts said the job registration drive will give persons, who live and work outside of the capitol, access to the job bank.

"We invite jobseekers to come out, talk to us and begin the registration process, so that we can begin the effort of helping them to become gainfully employed," he said.

Mr Tibbetts also encouraged companies that have not yet listed jobs with the DER to do so.

Since last year the department has assisted more than 450 Caymanians to get jobs, Mr. Tibbetts said.

Giving further details, the department's Deputy Director Jennifer Smith said DER staff conducted a telephone survey of persons in its job bank, and found that more than 30 per cent are now employed.

She attributes this to the hard work of department staff, as well as new technology introduced last year that allows jobseekers registered in the database to be matched with prospective employers.

Emphasising that a match does not mean automatic employment, she noted, "We give them the connection and the opportunity, and then it is up to them take that a step further."

Mrs Smith added that the department does assist persons with improving their employability. "We train persons in preparing resumes and job interview skills, and we guide them on proper work ethics, in order that they can keep jobs they get in the future," she said.

DER also works closely with the Immigration Department, to ensure that Caymanians are not discriminated against in the workforce and that work permits are only issued when there are no qualified Caymanians to fill specific positions.

District Registration Dates

Department of Employment Relations staff are holding a job registration and job-matching drive from Monday 9, February, until Thursday, 12 February. All sessions run from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The schedule is as follows.

  • East End: Monday, 9 February, at East End Civic Centre
  • West Bay: Tuesday, 10 February, at John Gray Church Hall
  • North Side: Wednesday, 11 February, at North Side Civic Centre
  • Bodden Town: Thursday, 12 February, at Bodden Town Civic Centre
  • George Town: Friday, 13 February and Saturday, 14 February at the University College of the Cayman Islands.

For further information contact: Prudence Barnes