Two Caymanians’ careers in the air-conditioning industry just got a shot in the arm.
As there exists no local trade school for the field, their employer sent them to the United States for an intensive one-month programme, and the two returned home as certified technicians.
The men say it was a “Texas sized” experience.
After a month of intense training in Texas, apprentice Nathan Trumbach and Technical advisor Daniel Rivers are back on the job as newly certified technicians.
“It’s great that they are willing to [send us to train abroad] because not a lot of other companies are, and I would definitely encourage other companies and also our government and entire public sector to take on young Caymanians, train them, educate them, so that we can have tradesmen from out own local population,” said Mr. Trumbach.
Polar Bear Air Conditioning said both men struck a chord with the company for their hard work and drive, and it believes the $30,000 investment in the two young Caymanians will pay off.
“It’s a big price, but when you look at it after a year, after the course, you’ve got a proper technician right there, he’s able to sell, he’s able to please his customers, able to get the job done and do a good job at it,” said Mr. Rivers.
And after pushing through 10 to 12 hour days in the classroom six days a week, and making the grade, the two were treated to a Texas sized experience featuring the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.
“It was amazing, amazing to see this one place can hold Cayman’s entire population triple fold,” said Mr. Trumbach.
“And the stadium wasn’t even full, it was 103,000 people there,” added Mr. Rivers.
Mr. Trumbach told Cayman 27 he’s thankful for an employer willing to invest in Caymanians who show the combination of attitude and potential.
“Once you show interest, you show potential, you show they you are willing to learn, they will train you, they will invest in you,” he said.
The two are full-time employees at Polar Bear, and during their stay, they were invited along for a “Texas thanksgiving” which included, among other things, a day of hunting.