Traditional tertiary education is not suited to every student, and so thankfully there are a wide range of vocational and trade training options in Cayman. There are also a number of workshops and short courses available for adults wanting to improve their professional skills and employability.
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- Auto Repair & Maintenance
- Beauty Technician Courses
- Boat Training
- Building & Construction
- Coding & Computer Technicians
- Dive Instructor Training
- Professional Training - Financial Services
- Hospitality & Culinary
- Occupational Safety & Health
- Personal Trainer Certification Courses
- Plumbing & Electrical
- Police Service/Fire Service/Prison Service
- Secretarial Training
- WORC Support
Changes are underway in the technical and vocational training fields in Cayman. Gone are the days when the only route to success was an academic one; now there are over 10,000 work permits in very well paid technical jobs which could easily be filled by Caymanians.
Companies like Inspire Cayman Training are stepping into the market and making sure that Caymanians get the proper technical training plus have on-the-job training from companies that are partnering with them. Students are also taught how the progression through lower entry jobs will eventually get them to the position they aspire to as long as they are willing to work hard, learn and be reliable.
For a complete list of the trade and vocational options available in the Cayman Islands please read on. If we have missed anything please feel free to send us an email and we can add it to our list.
Auto Repair & Maintenance
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. For more information see their website.
UCCI also offers a 9–month programme that takes you to Level II and III. Students can then take a certification exam with the Institute of Motor Industry.
The Superior Auto Training Program (SATP) is a not-for-profit programme that teaches Caymanian students the fundamentals of auto repair. Call Denise on (345) 949 9570 or email email@example.com for more information.
Beauty Technician Courses
Cayman Career Academy (CCA) s a spa and beauty school located in Smith Road Plaza, George Town. CAA is the first CIDESCO accredited beauty school in the Caribbean to offer world-renowned CIDESCO diploma and certificate courses. It 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 12 months to complete. For those who are already trained as a beauty therapist, and who have three years’ experience, they offer a three month post-graduate course.
In addition, they offer certifications in both Body Therapy and Facial Aesthetics that take six months each to complete. Newly added is the Beauty and Spa Management Course, which is a full-time, online course and takes about three months to complete. Alternatively, newcomers to the profession can do a modular certificate course that takes only three months and will qualify them as facialists. Students receive theoretical and practical training, obtain expertise and a CIDESCO diploma as well as certificates that will ensure they stand out to employers, not only locally but internationally. In Fall 2021, they began offering other new diploma and certificate courses. Day, evening and online class options and scholarships are available. Payment plans are also available. For more information see www.caymancareeracademy.ky or call (345) 936 2228.
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 offers two boat training certifications that are administered by an agency called MTCI (Maritime Training & Certification International). This agency is recognised by Malta and is compliant with the Caribbean Small Commercial Vessel Code. They 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 their website.
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 3 students for more personal instruction. Contact them on firstname.lastname@example.org or call (345) 945 4676 to book a course. Red Sail Sports is also credited as an International Yacht Training school and they offer a variety of courses. Email: email@example.com for more information. Other powerboat courses can be taken at Cayman Powerboat School (345) 916 4731.
Building & Construction
UCCI offers various courses which will help those get a job in the construction industry:
- 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.
- 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.
- Project Management: This is a one-semester (classroom-based) course intended for people 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.
Coding & Computer Technicians
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 the Cayman Code Academy website www.caymancodeacademy.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 on (345) 925 9092 or see their website www.goprocayman.com.
Red Sail Sports offers many PADI dive certification courses from the Open Water upwards and a DOE Lion Fish Culling speciality.
Professional Training - Financial Services
There are numerous training centres on Island, much of which specifically cater to the financial services industry. Colleges and other tertiary educational centres in Cayman also offer short certification courses. For Training Centres that can help get you or your staff on track see the list below.
The Cayman Islands Marketing Professionals Association (CIMPA) runs professional development courses on a variety of topics including public speaking, SEO optimisation, event planning, budget management, and analytics. They also offer a university scholarship. Members and non-members are welcome. Email: email@example.com.
Every year the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals (CISHRP) offers a certificate in HR Management course which includes modules on Cayman's immigration, pension and labour laws, health insurance rules and the Essentials of HR Management. Exams are scheduled twice a year. See www.cishrp.ky or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
All regular members of the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants (CIIPA) training committee develops a calendar of training to meet the diverse needs of their membership and to support their professional development. As a full member of IFAC, CIIPA is committed to ensuring their members are able to meet the International Education Standards which are set by the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB). Visit www.ciipa.ky/Live-Training for details or email: email@example.com for specific requests.
Chamber of Commerce Professional Development & Training Centre offers a comprehensive range of two-hour, four-hour, one-day and two-day courses on topics in the following categories: Legal Assist; Ken Blanchard Leadership Series; Workplace Essentials; Made For You; Small Biz Boot Camp. The Centre has also begun to offer select courses virtually. Go online or call the Chamber to find out more. Governors Square, West Bay Road. Tel: (345) 949 8090 or visit www.caymanchamber.ky.
Innovative Management & Professional Training (IMPT)
They offer two accounting programmes: the ACCA Qualification and the Foundations in Accountancy, as well as the ICSA certificate in Offshore Finance and Administration, the Certificate in Offshore Banking Practice (from the Chartered Banker) and Certifications in Management from the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). They also offer computer training courses and various business skills training courses. Tel: (345) 943 4678.
Hospitality & Culinary
UCCI offers various City & Guild certification courses, including short one semester courses. Their Basic Cake Baking & Decorating course teaches students how to bake and decorate specialty themed cakes. Their Advanced Cake Baking & Decoration course introduces working with rolled fondant, royal icing, cake boards and other advanced techniques. They also have Competency-Based Training Programmes that take approximately 12-18 months to complete, and emphasis is placed on personal and professional development for the workplace. Learn more about their Hospitality, Food and Beverage, Food Preparation and Front Office programme(s) by visiting www.ucci.edu.ky.
Occupational Safety & Health
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). They also offer a full risk management consultancy service for the construction industry. Call Julius Jacky on (345) 326 1007 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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. Call Laura Ribbins on (345) 949 8485 or email email@example.com for more information.
Bliss Living Yoga (Tel: (345) 949 9642) has offered the Yoga Alliance RYT200 Registered Yoga Teacher course. The next is slated for 2022.
Plumbing & Electrical
Inspire Cayman Training (ICT) is a new vocational school offering NCCER and ASE certified courses in craft professions (Carpentry, Plumbing, HVAC, Electrical and Construction Craft Labourer). Partnering with Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC), 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 organisations 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:
- 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 licence.
- Plumbing: this course prepares students to take the Level I, II and III City & Guild exams. They will then be prepped for the international licence.
- 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.
- 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.
All four of the above courses involve an official apprenticeship as supervised experience.
Community Vocational Training Centre 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.
Police Service/Fire Service/Prison Service
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) gives preference to applicants who are Caymanian, married to a Caymanian, and persons with Caymanian Residence with the Right to Work (RERC) when selecting applicants who are eligible to join as Police (Recruit) Constables. Over the years, based on the needs and exigencies of the service, 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, 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 16 to 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 and their progress is monitored during that time. The 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 Criminal Investigations Department and much more. During their 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 or email: RCIPSRecruitment@rcips.ky.
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, visit: 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) there are the following requirements: you must be 18 or over, have three high school pass grades (inc. Maths and English), and a clear criminal record. The recruitment process involves three stages:
- 1) passing a written exam
- 2) passing a fitness assessment
- 3) an interview
If successful, you will begin a nine-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.
Pitman Training Cayman offers flexible, self-paced training in: PA and Secretarial, General Office Skills, Microsoft Office, IT, Self and Career Development, Bookkeeping and Graphic Design. For details call (345) 746 7824.
The programme began in 2010 as an initiative offered through Workforce Opportunities and Residency Cayman (WORC) and is supported by some of Cayman's major employers. This employment preparedness course is geared towards Caymanians and designed to enhance workplace readiness skills and increase the employability of its participants, developing skills through training seminars, therapeutic intervention, community service and work experience. All applicants will be required to register with WORC which provides access to the Jobs Cayman portal, connecting job seekers with employment opportunities and the Training and Development Unit, to access training, internship and apprenticeship opportunities. To apply for a place on the course, contact the WORC on (345) 244 4052, visit this link or email: WORC.email@example.com.
Ready2Work is a Government programme for Caymanian job seekers who are unemployed, underemployed or simply seeking a career change, and high school or recent university graduates. The programme delivers structured training, individual and group guidance and other support mechanisms to mitigate the barriers to accessing gainful employment. Ready2Work partners with private sector employers seeking to connect with local talent interested in gainful employment. Private sector businesses can access a subsidy, which provides funding to assist with the costs of participating in the programme. For more information call (345) 244 4048 or email: Ready2Work@gov.ky.
The Department of Tourism, in conjunction with the team at Ready2Work, ran a seven week Back2Work programme over the summer of 2020 to try and get displaced tourism workers retooled and back to work. They registered all of them on the Jobs Cayman website and gave them active guidance on how to re-enter the workforce.