Delivery of Services and Programmes to Address Unemployment

Project Updates as at 31 May, 2017

1. Ready2Work KY (ABO03)

Status: Closed

  • The project has achieved the target outcome desired by Cabinet and the project has been closed. A Project Evaluation Report has been finalised.
  • The pilot project was completed and closed in January 2017, and an evaluation report has been prepared, which provides information on efforts taken by the Cayman Islands Government to address unemployment through this pilot and makes recommendations for addressing unemployment. This project has resulted in:
    • Jobs for 64 persons (45 in long-term employment and 19 in short-term/probationary employment).
    • 137 participants accessing structured training, group support and HR support to address barriers to employment.
    • 55 employers accessing employees through the pilot programme.
  • The project will now become an integral part of Government’s future employment strategy with the framework, developed through this pilot project, being implemented into the day-to-day operations of the NWDA by June 2017.

2. Explore the Best Arrangements for the Administration of Work Permits (ABO3.01)

Status: Not yet progressed.

  • This project is inactive. As approved by Cabinet, no activity was expected before May 2017. A Strategic Assessment was proposed by July 2017 as a first key deliverable of the project.
  • It is expected that the exploratory work engaged in via the National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA) in ABO03.02 Project Future project will provide a starting point for the development of this Strategic Assessment.

Estimated project completion timeline: N/A – Project has not yet been initiated.

3. NWDA  Clearinghouse (ABO03.02)

Status: Project Execution

  • Proposals for change, to establish the National Clearinghouse have been identified through an OBC that was approved on 29 November 2016. A cross-ministry project team has moved the project through the Initiation and Planning phases to Execution.
  • The project has already delivered:
    • An updated robust IT System for NWDA with many enhancements which enables NWDA to be ready to serve as a National Clearinghouse.The updated system was delivered on 19 May 2017. The system is currently under warranty and minor technical issues are being resolved.
    • Implementation of updated business processes. New business processes are implemented as required by the new system.
  • The following activities are in progress and are expected to be completed by August 2017:
    • Implementation of a Job Posting Review Committee. (This Committee will be made up of experts identified by the Cayman Islands Government, who will review job advertisements, through an online interface.)
    • Implementation of a Job Posting vetting policy.
    • Recruitment of additional staff at NWDA to manage increased number of job applications expected to function as Clearinghouse
  • The project is s expected to close in August 2017.
  • It is anticipated that the project will give Caymanian job seekers better access to job opportunities, provide increased accountability and transparency in the work permit process and allow employers direct access to suitably qualified, interested and available labour.Next key milestone: Establishment of the Job Posting Review Committee – This committee will comprise of experts identified by the Cayman Islands Government, who will be will be tasked with responsibilities related to the reviewing of job advertisements, through an online interface.Estimated project completion timeline: August 2017 (revised).

4. Improve the Co-ordination of Support Available to Job Seekers (ABO3.03)

Status: Stepped-down and removed from Project Future

  • Following a project assessment by the Ministry, it was determined that the outcomes identified for this project can be delivered, in full or in part, through the integration of the new framework for supporting job seekers (ABO03-Effective Work Programmes – Ready2Work KY) and the work flowing from ABO02: Modernisation of Social Assistance Programmes.
  • Therefore, this project has not been progressed separately, and a change request was submitted Cabinet on 8 May 2017, requesting for the project to be closed.
  • The change request was approved by Cabinet on 17 May 2017.

Key decision required: Cabinet’s decision on request for closure of the project.


Project Updates as at 30 November, 2016

1. Ready2Work KY

Status: Project Execution

  • Launched in February (within 3 months of the programme launch), the Ready2Work KY pilot project (ABO03) is a public-private partnership that supports employers as they make best efforts to hire Caymanians and supports Caymanians to access and maintain employment.  As of November 18, 2016, the project was supporting 111 active participants and had already secured jobs for 55 previously unemployed Caymanians. This number is expected to rise as other participants complete their training and other development opportunities.  As of the end of November, the project was significantly under budget and, based on spend to date and the number of active participants, project costs were around just $953 per person.  The last intake of participants for the pilot was in October.  An evaluation of the Ready2Work KY pilot programme is now underway, and is scheduled to be completed in January 2017, which will inform decision-making as to the future of the project.

2. Explore the Best Arrangements for the Administration of Work Permits (ABO3.01)

Status: Not yet progressed

  • Cabinet has agreed that a project to explore the best arrangements for the administration of work permits (ABO3.01) is to be initiated once the immediate priority employment-related projects are complete.

3. NWDA  Clearinghouse (ABO03.02)

Status: Initiation

  • In the longer term, Project Future will establish for the first time, a clearing house to give Caymanian job seekers better access to job opportunities and allow employers direct access to suitably qualified, interested and available labour.  A business case has been completed and approved for the creation of a new portal which will establish the NWDA as a clearinghouse (ABO03.02) for all employment opportunities on the Islands. The Project Team is developing the Project Management Plans and documenting the detailed solution, which is expected to be in place by April 2017.

4. Improve the Co-ordination of Support Available to Job Seekers (ABO3.03)

Status: Conceptualisation

  • The evaluation of the Ready2Work KY will be used as the starting point for a project that looks across government to improve the co-ordination of support available to job seekers (ABO3.03).  Some initial work has also been completed with the NWDA to look at existing arrangements and to propose changes to service delivery. This important work will seek to ensure that government support can be targeted more effectively to address the significant barriers to employment affecting Caymanians identified in the June 2015 report of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Employment.

Project Updates as at 25 May, 2016

Related EY Recommendations:

50 – Move the Work Permit Board to Education, Employment and Gender Affairs

PROJECTS ASSIGNED TO: MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT AND GENDER AFFAIRS (EEG&A)

Minister: Hon. Tara Rivers

Project Sponsor: Mr. Christen Suckoo, Chief Officer

1. ABO 03: Delivery of Services and Programmes to Address Unemployment

Overview (taken from Cabinet’s Project Future Programme Brief): This project aims to bring coherence to the wide range of activities designed to support local employment in the short and longer term, and to identify and align other activities of Government that could contribute to employment policy with employment objectives. It is intended to review and give consideration to the recommendations made by the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Employment  in the June 2015 report, “Review of Employment Policy and Strategy in the Cayman Islands”.

Status:  A sub-project, Ready2Work KY is in Project Execution.

Ministry/Portfolio Update:

  • Ready2Work KY was launched 1 Feb, 2013:

° It is a public private initiative that supports employers as they make best efforts to hire Caymanians and supports Caymanians to access and maintain employment. 

° Participants undergo soft skills training, recruitment activities and probationary employment with the aim of securing long-term employment.  Currently there are 3 cohorts, with a total of 33 active participants.

2. ABO03.01 Explore the Best Arrangements for the Administration of Work Permits

Overview (taken from Cabinet’s Project Future Programme Brief): The process for granting and administering the issue of work permits is operated through the Immigration Service.  There is a question as to whether there is a clearer fit with the broader work on all the employment issues with the Ministry of EEEG&A. This project aims to investigate the potential for full integration between Government activities to support Caymanian employment and the work permit process. It also aims to address the concerns of business over the current arrangements and to identify process improvements to ensure that permits are issued more efficiently. It will also identify the most appropriate administrative structure for the future.  The Ministry of EEG&A is expected to work with in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Status:  Not yet progressed.

Ministry/Portfolio Update:

  • As per agreed timelines, a Strategic Assessment is currently scheduled to be delivered by 31 July, 2017.
  • The exploratory work engaged in via the National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA) Clearinghouse project, below will provide a starting point for the development of this Strategic Assessment.

3. ABO03.02 National Workforce Development Agency (NWDA) Clearinghouse

Overview (taken from Cabinet’s Project Future Programme Brief): This project seeks to engage in the work necessary to position the NWDA as a National Clearinghouse for all jobs. Employers would be mandated to post available jobs with the NWDA prior to the submission of a work permit application, allowing ample time to engage in efforts to recruit a suitably qualified Caymanian before engaging in efforts to obtain a work permit to employ a foreign national.

Status: An Outline Business Case is being progressed.

Ministry/Portfolio Update:

  • An Outline Business Case has been submitted and a quality review has been completed. The Ministry is now working with Ministry of Home Affairs to finalize the Outline Business Case for approval.