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Youth in Cayman speak about current state of employment

Unemployment is an issue facing the next generation of Caymanians as well,
Cayman 27’s Philipp Richter spoke to a few young people at the National Community Enhancement Programme to hear their thoughts on employment in the Cayman Islands.

“You want car ‘n ting’, you want house, you want dis you want dat, get out there and look a job.” Said Michael Ashley, a job seeker at the event.

Young Caymanians at the nice job fair express their concerns at the current state of employment.

“We shouldn’t have to be jobseeking & hunting all year round and in christmas, oh we have the clean up to do, but I mean it’s all a work in progress, once Caymanians are put first,” said Cindi Welcome, a job seeker at the event.

As many are grateful for the opportunity to have work in the Christmas months
Some feel discouraged throughout the year with not getting replies for job applications.

“It’s really, really hard to me, I can’t express that no more, I mean you have Caymanians that are out there applying daily for jobs and don’t even get a response, some people would call or email you and say we’ve received your application, but that’s it,” said Cindi Welcome.

“And they be all like yeah, we’re not hiring after you’ve done gone through all of the process and stuff like that,” said Michael Ashley.

18 to 25 year olds have the country’s highest rate of unemployment.  It’s also an age range with a high arrest rate.
This young man says crime rates decrease when more people are employed.

“No more robberies or you know, people breaking into anybody’s home , if everybody have a job and getting money and getting paid and can take care of their responsibilities,” said Michael Ashley.

Young Caymanians are happy that the nice programme could offer them employment, calling it a good opportunity to showcase their skills, no matter anyone’s perceptions about them.

“You know a lot of them always say Caymanians don’t want to work, they are lazy and ting’, so this is, now, for Caymanians to show what they can do,” said Michael Ashley.

The National Community Enhancement Programme will run for three weeks and does offer those who excel the opportunity for full-time employment.

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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