It has been an exciting year for the newly formed organization, Connect by Nova. Since its launch in March 2021, Connect by Nova has supported 408 individuals in their career guidance, with over 100 individuals receiving one-to-one career advancement sessions within our community.
Over the past few months, Connect by Nova has partnered with CIFEC, Passport2Success, the Family Resource Centre – Young Parents Programme, UCCI, and ICCI to provide work readiness resources and training to students and prospective employees alike.
Connect by Nova’s training and webinar series, in collaboration with local schools and organizations, aims to assist in the success of Caymanians in the local workforce. Their training courses provide both general and focused information on resume building and optimization, interview preparation, employability skills, salary negotiation, hard and soft skills, and more. The Connect team offers all training and webinars free of charge to the local population and organizations who wish to utilize the services or training provided by Connect.
For the first time this year, Connect by Nova collaborated with UCCI for their College and Employability Skills courses conducted over two days via back-to-back webinar sessions. The College and Employability Skills courses provide students with tips and tricks on some of the numerous skills required when applying to jobs and for continued success in their chosen careers.
“Hannah Jackson and the team at Connect by Nova have provided a great insight into how students can adequately prepare themselves for the world of
work” said Nordia England-Prout, one of the many lecturers from UCCI who worked with the Connect team.
Ms. Prout went on to mention that the team planted some excellent “seeds” to drive initiative, focus, adaptability, and practical knowledge in which students can use to plan their future.
Through their partnerships with CIFEC, Passport2Success, the Family Resource Centre, UCCI, and ICCI, Connect by Nova has conducted a total of 15 trainings and webinars within the past month alone, reaching an audience of over 500 participants. Led by Connect by Nova’s Co-Founder, Hannah Jackson, with the support of the team’s administrator, Hannah Tatum, the organization conducted these trainings both in-person and virtually. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, masks were worn at all times during in-person sessions.
Donnette Goddard, Director of the Student Life Department at UCCI, noted, “The Student Life department at UCCI certainly looks forward to ongoing collaboration and training with Connect by Nova for our students which will not only promote and nurture holistic development and work readiness but allow for the continued building and strengthening of our Cayman workforce.”
Ms. Jackson hopes that the continued partnerships within the Cayman community will aid in closing the skills gaps seen within the employment market by providing individuals with real-time resources relevant to what is happening in the current employment market.
To learn more about Connect by Nova, get involved, or become a sponsor, reach out to the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website, www.connect.nova.ky.