People working in a management capacity within Cayman’s tourism industry are being asked to complete a survey for the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) which will help the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism see how it needs to develop Cayman’s tourism workforce.
The Regional Human Resources Development Knowledge and Skills Audit for the Tourism Industry has been commissioned by the CTO, with funding from the Caribbean Development Bank and CTO member countries and administered by A-Z Information Jamaica Limited (A-Z). Data gathered from the audit, which is being held Caribbean-wide, will allow the DOT to make informed decisions in its mission to develop a highly skilled tourism workforce, they said.
Tourism and Transport Minister Kenneth Bryan said that a primary focus for his Ministry was to ensure that Cayman’s workforce had the necessary skills for the industry.
“By working with the CTO for this audit, we will gain valuable data to identify gaps and further invest in our people. I encourage all relevant members of the industry to take the time to complete these surveys as your participation will assist the government in improving our tourism product,” he said.
The audit takes the form of a series of surveys targeted at different areas of the industry. The first survey is the General Establishment Survey that forms the primary data collection portion of the project. This survey should be completed by owners, CEOs, managing directors, general managers, or HR managers in the tourism industry including those who are self-employed. This first survey is available until Monday, 1st November 2021.
The DOT is helping to facilitate this project by providing information to A-Z who will distribute the surveys directly to relevant members of the industry. Additionally, anybody interested who are in a management level as outlined can complete the survey by visiting the DOT website. Over the course of the next four weeks, other surveys will become available for completion, the DOT stated.
DOT Director Rosa Harris said that they were dedicated to supporting Cayman’s tourism workforce and collaborating with regional partners to investigate opportunities for people through research. The information would be used to further inform the Department’s decisions as it continued to develop national tourism training opportunities, she advised.
For more information on the Regional Human Resources Development Knowledge and Skills Audit for the Tourism Industry and survey details, please visit skills.ourcayman.ky