As Grand Cayman’s growing population fuels steady growth in the development industry, one local entrepreneur plans to help turn the construction boom into a boon for Caymanians.
The brainchild of former government youth worker Michael Myles, Inspire Cayman Training Ltd. is a new vocational centre scheduled to open this summer. Certified through the U.S.-based National Center for Construction Education and Research, the centre will begin by offering core curriculum classes to qualify graduates for entry-level construction jobs.
As one of the largest real estate developers in the Cayman Islands, Dart boasts a robust pipeline of development projects ranging from luxury residential offerings like OLEA to major commercial projects like the expanded Cayman International School and the new Foster’s Food Fair at Camana Bay. With that in mind, Dart recognised the potential synergies with Inspire Cayman Training Ltd. and recently committed CI$15,000 worth of in-kind donations to support the new school.
Dart President of Development Delivery Cameron Graham says technical and vocational training opportunities are essential to ensuring that the benefits of a thriving construction industry are felt by the entire community.
“By providing affordable, accredited courses locally, Inspire Cayman will enable young people to develop a career in the construction trades and enter the workforce with the core knowledge and foundational skills our contractors require,” he says.
In addition to construction, Inspire Cayman will also offer specialised automotive and scuba diving training courses developed using National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence standards and PADI certification.
With more than 6,000 work permits recorded by the Economics and Statistics Office for the construction, automotive and dive industries in 2017, Myles believes there are ample opportunities for more local employment.
“Inspire Cayman Training Ltd. will provide young people the opportunity to gain valuable training, so they can earn a career in the trades industry,” Myles says. “By establishing accredited training courses with support from like-minded private sector partners, we believe we can improve the chances of more people transitioning into trade careers.”
In addition to providing essential tools and equipment for the centre, Dart is currently in talks with Inspire Cayman to provide ongoing support through career-related talks to prospective and enrolled students. Dart will also introduce requirements for its contractors to support Inspire Cayman and offer apprenticeship placements to its students.
Myles says support from the private sector is essential to the success of Inspire Cayman.
“We can provide the training, but the work experience and job opportunities are going to come from the private sector,” he says.