By Christopher Tobutt
Inspire Cayman Training Ltd. has taken the initiative in getting properly accredited and certified courses in a very wide range of technical and vocational disciplines, made available to anyone in Cayman who wants them, without having to go off the Island. Lots of different programs have been made ready, but Inspire Ltd. was waiting for their training license from the Government before they could go ahead and take on clients.
But now Michael Myles, Inspire’s director and owner, has some very good news: “We now have our Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) License, and we also have several other approvals,” he said. One of those new approvals is from EduQual, an international accreditation organisation based in the UK. “The very first course is our Intro to Automotive course, which is now an EduQual-approved course,” Mr Myles said.
“In addition, we have partnered with an organisation called Advance Solutions Technical Institute, which brings us a host of new programmes, including Certification in Alarm and Security Systems, Communications, Cabling and Networks, Computer Servicing & Repair, Digital Networking, Electrical and Electronic Systems, Fibre Optic Installation, Fibre Optic maintenance & Servicing, Fibre Optic Network Design, Hybrid electric vehicle servicing, IP Camera maintenance and installation; Mobile Phone Repair & Maintenance, Networks Systems Maintenance, Residential Electronic and Electrical Installation, and Surveillance Systems Installation,” Mr. Myles said.
“In addition to that, we are NCCR approved, and we are offering five programs in Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, Carpentry, and Construction Craft Labourer. Then we have another five courses in the dive industry: Open Water Dive, Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver, Dive Master, and then Dive Instructor. We have sub-contracted a company and we have two kids that have started their course about a month ago.
Kameron Dhue, 21, has just passed the Open Water dive course, as the first part of six months of training to become a fully qualified Dive Master.
“From the time I was a young boy I always liked nature, and now that I’ve started scuba diving I’ve actually grown to love it more, because the underwater world is so beautiful and it’s something that not everyone gets to see.
I would like to thank Mr. Myles and Mr. Hunt for giving us this opportunity. At first I saw Mr. Myles’ Inspire Cayman school advertised in the newspaper, and then I went online and I saw that one of the categories I could sign up for was PADI scuba diving, so I picked that one.
Shaun Jackson, 19 is following the same course: “I really enjoyed learning new skills I haven’t done before in my life,” he said.
They are being taught by Aron Hunt, who is the Owner of Grand Cayman Eco Divers and Director of Divers Reef Foundation said: “We are working in partnership with Inspire Cayman to create an Instructor-level training programme for young Caymanians. It’s not just about teaching them how to use the gear and how to get in the water safely, but it is also about skills where they will be able to excel in the water, and now we have reached a point where we are going to bring them into a wider world of diving.”