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Whittling down the candidates

Prison leaders hope to soon reap the benefits of a recent job drive, as they expect to bring on seven more employees.
In August we brought you the story of how prison, fire and police services joined together to hold a job fair under one roof, bringing out hundreds of potential applicants.
Now, the prison service has already conducted two exams, and are looking for their new hires to start in the coming months.
Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter has an udpate.

More than two-hundred people applied to her majesty’s prison service, and through two exams. Only the fittest made it through.
The first exam was an english and math test, where 12 people participated, and only 66 passed.

“So if someone is coming up for parole, they need to be able to write a report as the wing officer to say what that person has done and how well they have behaved, those reports need to make sense,” said Northward Prison director, Neil Lavis.  He continued, “the exam is not hard, but a good way for the prison service to identify strengths and weaknesses.”

The questions that they get in the exam are multiple choice, but when they come to training, they will be shown how to compile reports, so they just need that basic level, we will then hone those skills.

“The next exam was a fitness test, where participants have to run a mile in under 10 minutes and do as many push ups and sit ups in the allowed time limit, there was an obstacle course as well,” Mr. Lavis said.

“Move quickly if there is an incident, they need to be able to get there and more importantly when they get there, that they are able to function, they are not out of breath”

The results on how many people have passed the physical have not been released yet, but the next stage for the potential candidates is the job interview

From there, only the best seven candidates will be chosen to serve the community at her majesty’s prison
Currently there are 143 prison employees.

About the author

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter

Philipp Richter was born in Austria and moved to the Cayman Islands at the age of three. Throughout his life, he has always enjoyed documenting his surroundings with cameras. Studying television broadcasting and communications, he now can show the reality of life in Grand Cayman to the public.

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