(CNS) UPDATED: The government has announced plans to repeat the seasonal clean-up, offering work to the unemployed for just three weeks to Caymanians before Christmas. Officials said the project will cover repairs and maintenance, gardening and cleaning parks, beaches and roadsides. The programme will run from 28 November to 16 December and is open to Caymanians and permanent residents over 18 years old who are out of work.
The deputy governor’s office will oversee and coordinate the National Community Enhancement (NiCE) Project on behalf of Cabinet but the National Workforce Development Agency, the National Roads Authority, the Department of Environmental Health and the Public Works Department will be involved.
“Christmas is an important time of the year when Caymanians and other members of the community traditionally seek to beautify their homes and surroundings,” said Tara Rivers, Minister of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs. “This employment initiative provides an opportunity to enhance the physical environment and public spaces as well as providing work for those unemployed persons prior to Christmas, something which many families appreciate and benefit from.”
But government did not say how many people there will be work for though it expects similar numbers to last year and the budget for the project will depend officials told CNS on the amount of people who turn out. Last year more than 700 people turned up looking for work over a four-week project. The response last year was described at the time as “overwhelming”, and in order to give at least some work to everyone, many applicants only received one week’s work.
The hourly rate will be the same as last eyar at CI$10 but supervisors will receive $12. The 2015 project had an original budget of $475,000 funded through savings in other areas of government but the final cost was $444,359. At the time Osbourne Bodden, the community affairs minster, said there were plans for the project to happen twice per year.
However, in Wednesday’s announcement there was no indication that there would be a further clean-up in the New Year.
Anyone interested in taking part can collect an application form at the libraries in West Bay, George Town, Bodden Town, North Side, East End, Cayman Brac, MLA offices and the Government Administration Building in George Town.
Registration will be on Wednesday, 16 November, at the Lions Centre, from 9am to 3pm.
Officials said applicants must attend this registration session in person and will need to bring a completed application form and supporting documentation with them to prove immigration status on registration day. All applicants need to produce some form of photo ID at registration.
Caymanians will also need to produce one of the following: a voters’ ID card, birth certificate, passport, Caymanian status certificate or stamp in valid passport to show the same. Those who have permanent residency will also have to produce valid photo identification and a residency with employment rights certificate (RERC) or a stamp in a valid passport to show the same. Spouses of Caymanians will also need to bring along valid photo identification, a residency with employment rights certificate as the spouse of a Caymanian or a stamp in valid passport to the show same.
Officials also stated that a similar project will also be undertaken on the Sister Islands under the supervision of District Administration.
For more information contact the NiCE Hotline (917 – 0153), or email [email protected]