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Caymanian unemployment is an issue the country has grappled with for years.
Recent statistics show a downward trend and the aim of this job fair with a twist is to keep that going.
The Ready2WorkKY programme is making a final push for employment with a reverse job fair.
“You just want your child to have a great Christmas and you want to be employed during the holidays so that you can be able to provide those happy moments,” Miriam Foster, Support Services programme coordinator.

That’s the motivation behind the Ready2WorkKY programme’s new push to get participants on the job and Ms Foster says she has high hopes for the Hire Me Reverse job fair.

“I think it takes great courage to involved in this kind of event especially in Cayman and I think it is up to us to recognise that and to give them those opportunities because here they are willing to be that vulnerable,” she says.

Some 25 candidates will be offering themselves for employment at the job fair next Tuesday at George Town Hall and while there are 37 employers enrolled in the programme she hopes more will get involved.

“We want as many employers that are hiring there that’s the most important thing that if you are hiring we want you to be there, but if you are coming let us know and if you can become part of the programme even better,” Ms Foster says.

She says the event demonstrates the skills and talent of participants with the onus on job seekers to sell themselves instead of the other way around.

“There are just different opportunities that are going to be available come December and so we are hoping they can give them first shot,” she says.

She said the event facilitates the first interaction between the job seeker and employer and hopefully at the end of that meeting an interview and employment is secured.
Employers interested in joining the reverse job fair can send their information to ready2work@gov.ky

About the author

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath

Reshma Ragoonath is a Trinidadian journalist with 16 years media experience with a strong background in print with her most recent stint at The Cayman Reporter. She has a BA in Mass Communications, as well as, an Associate degree in Journalism and Public Relations.

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