Ministry organizes bartender training for Caymanians


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The Ministry of Tourism and Transport and the Department of Tourism (CIDOT) said new hospitality courses will be offered to Caymanians to provide industry-specific training.

The ministry said the Shaker International Bartenders and American Hotel and Lodging Educational Institute (AHLEI) and Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) courses are delivered by Wineschool3 and are aimed at elevating the Cayman Islands tourism experience.

As part of CIDOT’s national tourism training program, the ministry has indicated that forty-one Caymanians will be offered the exclusive opportunity to take these courses in partnership with Wineschool3.

These accredited courses will be free and offered to qualified Caymanians who wish to either launch a career or develop their skills in the beverage and hospitality industry.

Shaker International Barman Course

According to the ministry, the Shaker International Bartender course includes the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required for a professional bartender in bars, restaurants and hotels. The program consists of five modules that cover bartender mechanics, customer service, beer, wine and champagne service, and cocktail mixology.

Participants, who will receive Bartender Kits to complete the course, must be over the legal drinking age (18) and meet the qualifying criteria to be considered. Students will need to attend at least 80% of sessions and pass WSET exams to earn international certificates, which is a recognized qualification in the Cayman Islands.

The bartender training will be open to sixteen Caymanians (proof of citizenship required) and will begin on November 8 for 12 days, Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding Sunday).

AHLEI & WSET Front of House training

The ministry said the indoor training course focuses on training students to deliver an exceptional dining experience with the highest level of professionalism. The course is designed to facilitate ‘work-ready’ hospitality workers who can pursue a career in the service industry while improving Cayman’s tourism product.

The program includes a variety of subjects to ensure that individuals possess a wide range of skills necessary for the rapidly changing hospitality industry. This includes meeting and welcoming guests, training restaurant servers, sequence of service, kitchen safety guidelines, hygiene rules, upselling and more.

The Front of House Server training will be open to twenty-five Caymanians (proof of citizenship required) and will take place over five consecutive days from November 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Course details

For more details on the courses and the program of the Shaker International Barmans and Front of House courses, they are taught by Wineschool3 visit www.wineschool.ourcayman.ky

Registration process

Interested participants should complete the online application form at www.wineschool.ourcayman.ky

The registration deadline for both courses is Thursday, November 3, 2021 at 5:00 p.m., after which a pre-selection process will take place to select successful candidates.

Tourism Minister Kenneth Bryan said:

I am delighted that the Ministry and Ministry of Tourism is partnering with the private sector to offer these training courses for Caymanians who wish to work in the tourism industry or for those who wish to develop their existing skills. As we continue to work on reopening our borders and inviting visitors to return to our island, it is imperative that we continue to develop our employees in the tourism sector as well. Job opportunities will open up for Caymanians who wish to work in the hospitality industry and having this type of accredited certification will be an added advantage. I encourage people who want to improve their skills or join the industry to enroll in these courses so that we can have more Caymanians directly engaged in providing exceptional tourism experiences to our visitors.

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