By Flynn Bush
I’m sure that you have seen all kinds of business names that are memorable and catchy. Some are funny, some are serious. Some are long, and some are short. From some names, it is hard to decipher what the nature of the business is. However, some names are a true representation of what the company wants to achieve. Such is the case with Inspire Cayman Training.
In the words of Michael Myles, founder, “ICT is an internationally accredited TVET Center, licensed by the Education Council of the Cayman Islands Government Ministry of Education. Educational institutions and institutions providing educational support services are governed by the Education Law, 2016 and the Education Regulations, 2017.” For several years now, this institution has been giving persons the ability to improve their lives. There have been many success stories; and there will continue to be for the foreseeable future. This is a welcome fact for our community, as there will always also be persons who are in need of these opportunities and who are experiencing difficulties.
In fact, one particular difficulty was the catalyst for an innovative addition to ICT lately. It came to the attention of Inspire Cayman Training staff and management that a number of individuals had a pressing obstacle to them participating in the classes and programs offered there. Now, everyone knows that life for a single mother is challenging as it is, and even more so when they are trying to do something additional in order to improve their situation. As it was, childcare was that obstacle. Upon learning of their plight, Mr. Myles, along with the Business Professional Women’s Club attempted to solve it.
Childcare centers were contacted in order to find arrangements that would work. However, there happens to be a shortage of spots for infants and toddlers on island at the moment so there was no headway made there. Then, an idea was born. Mr. Myles explained that since ICT has two major training rooms, the initiative was taken to turn one of them into a daycare of sorts. Part-time babysitters were hired to watch the children while their mothers participated in the program. “The fact that their children would be in the same building as them also gave the women comfort,” explained Mr. Myles.
About the initiative, Mr. Myles added, “Inspire Cayman Training is excited to partner with Business Professional Women’s Club to provide professional development to our citizens. As our country rebounds from the pandemic, the demand for trained and skilled labor will be highly sought after. At ICT, we are committed to ensuring that our industries have trained and skilled Caymanians.” Mr. Myles goes on to tout his institution and to advertise its merits, “We have a large catalogue of professional development programs available (subject to demand) as advertised on our website and social media pages.”
At this time in our country’s history, many people are suffering and finding it hard to dig out of a hole, so to speak. There are many stumbling blocks and obstacles that prevent them from doing so. Education and professional development are useful tools to improve oneself. ICT offers such opportunities and the fact that a group of individuals who would have previously found it impossible to take advantage of the programs offered at ICT can now do so, means that Inspire Cayman has once again lived up to its name.