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NiCE January Project Ends, Winter 2020/Spring 2021 Numbers Out

Seven hundred and forty-two persons registered to work with the government’s National Enhancement (NiCE) Project, held 7 to 18 December 2020 and again 11 to 22 January 2021.

Led for the third consecutive year by the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure (CPI), the twice-yearly beautification programme attracted unemployed and underemployed Caymanians and spouses of Caymanians for up to two weeks of paid work.

“We decided to undertake NiCE registration last November in the districts to keep within national COVID-19 regulations, which limit gatherings of more than 500 people,” said the initiative’s Project Manager, Mrs. Lois Kellyman.

Consequently, smaller work groups than usual were deployed to work with supervisors from WORC, the Department of Environment, Public Works Department, National Roads Authority. Groups were also assigned to the Mosquito Research & Control Unit and the Agricultural Grounds.

As well as clearing scrub, roadside remediation work and clearing beach accesses, NiCE teams tackled general maintenance work at the Agricultural Grounds and refurbishment of the truck scale at the George Town Landfill.

“Over the years, we have developed the project into a multi-agency programme, including WORC and others, that play a pivotal role in the employment and training of our people,” CPI Minister, Hon. Joey Hew stated.

“I think we are at a place where we can extend the programme. We can look to start partnering with other agencies and perhaps extend the project over a longer period of time and use as a training programme, a second chance programme, a bit of a rehabilitation or on the work training programme for some of the folks who are fully able and capable of working but for whatever reason unable to find full-time employment at this time.”

“We were pleased to offer gainful temporary employment in the run up to Christmas and in the new year to retirees who still felt able to put in a few weeks as well as the under employed and those who are unable to work for varying reasons,” the Minister concluded.

                                    NiCE Programme Winter 2020/Spring 2021 Analysis

District Male Female Total Applicant Age 18-35 Age 36-60 Age 60+ Caymanian Married to Caymanian Returning Applicants First time Applicants
George Town 136 113 249 94 113 42 216 33 158 91
West Bay 143 128 271 85 142 44 258 13 172 99
Bodden Town 71 53 124 60 50 14 116 8 65 59
North Side 24 24 48 25 16 7 48 0 35 13
East End 26 24 50 29 18 3 46 4 29 21
Total 400 342 742 293 339 110 684 58 459 283