SteppingStones Recruitment managers Rosie Dunsford and Pam Abbott have successfully completed the Level 3 Certificate through the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), the London based professional membership body for leaders and managers around the world.
 
The two year course was guided by Eric Jenkinson of Bermuda based Management Solutions, and builds on the Investors in People Gold (IIP) accreditation achieved by SteppingStones in 2016.
“I would like to congratulate Pam and Rosie for this significant achievement,” stated Eric Jenkinson, principal of Management Solutions. “They have worked studiously throughout the two years, taking this learning opportunity and applying it to their managerial roles within SteppingStones. They have been able to take leadership theory and apply it in a practical way within their organisation. As a result they have achieved both a professional designation and an academic qualification in leadership skills and this will provide them with the underpinning knowledge to be even more effective at leading their people.”
 
IIP Gold rated companies are committed to continuous development and enhancement of staff to maintain the international accreditation, the ILM Level 3 is an internationally recognized certification that serves that commitment. SteppingStones are the first recruitment company in Cayman to achieve accreditation from both IIP and ILM.
 
“Back in 2015, myself and Pam embarked on a challenge that neither of us realized would be so challenging and so rewarding in equal measure. The (ILM) Level 3 course that we began is designed to ‘inform, inspire and impact the practice of leadership wherever it happens’,” explained Rosie Dunsford, recruitment manager for SteppingStones Recruitment. “Under the incredible guidance and coaching of Eric Jenkinson, we were able to understand not only the best practices in relation to our own leadership styles, but also gain a greater insight into understanding those around us and how we can engage and inspire on a higher level. It is an experience that I have greatly valued and would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to develop their passion for leadership and development.”

In June 2017, the employees of SteppingStones kindly donated a portion of their salaries, which was matched by the company, to benefit The Red Cross.

As the largest volunteer based humanitarian organisation in the world, the Red Cross Movement is powered by volunteers.  The Cayman Islands Red Cross boats approximately 200 persons in it's volunteer core, with 150 persons being actively involved throughout the year. All volunteers of the Cayman Islands Red Cross have undergone numberous trainings to be able to deliver high quality services to the community. 

Pictured: Milly Serpell from SteppingStones handing over a cheque to Samantha White-Smith, Volunteer and Resources Manager for the Cayman Islands Red Cross.

The employees of SteppingStones kindly donated a portion of their salaries, which was matched by the company, to benefit the Frances Bodden Children's Home.

Children who live at the residential facilities operated by the CAYS Foundation are under the care of the Department of Children and Family Services. Many of these children come into care having complex mental health, psychosocial, emotional and behavioural difficulties as a result of having experienced trauma, abuse, neglect and the uncertainty that comes from living in difficult circumstances.  Such exposure to risk and stressful family events often affect their early development, behaviour, confidence and ability to attach positively to adults. 

Pictured: Alistair Mills from SteppingStones handing over a cheque to Nina Stirtzel for the CAYS Foundation for Frances Bodden Children's Home.

The employees of SteppingStones kindly donated a portion of their salaries, which was matched by the company, to benefit the Department of Children and Family Services.

The Department of Children & Family Services exists to encourage and promote self-sufficiency; to advocate, motivate and educate individuals and families, empowering them to realise their full potential thus functioning effectively as members of our society. This will be achieved through the provision of therapeutic services and community based programmes enhanced by ongoing research and in partnership with key stakeholders.

Pictured: Rosie Dunsford from SteppingStones handing over a cheque to Felicia Robinson, Director.

SteppingStones was a proud sponsor of the 2017 Deputy Governor's 5K challenge that took place in April 2017.  CI$85,000.00 was raised for the YMCA of the Cayman Islands.

Mr. Manderson announced the fundraising total during a reception at the Governors House that was held to thank the Sponsors, the SK Challenge organsing committee and event volunteers.

Here is the full article from the Cayman Compass: https://www.caymancompass.com/2017/06/07/deputy-governors-5k-raises-85000-for-ymca/?source=email&position=bs5&location=headline

The employees of SteppingStones kindly donated a portion of their salaries, which was matched by the company, to benefit The Special Needs Foundation of Cayman.  The internal team at SteppingStones also 'rocked their socks' in support of the World Down Syndrome Day on Tuesday 21st March 2017. 

The Special Needs Foundation Cayman is a non-profit organization of parents, educators and professionals committed to supporting children with a range of special needs across the Cayman Islands.

The Foundation began as a support group for several parents who had children on the Autism Spectrum and were concerned with the lack of diagnostic and treatment services available in the Islands. As their monthly meetings progressed, it became clear that they needed to expand the group to include and provide support of the Children living with other areas of special needs.  The primary focus of the Foundation is to advocate for individuals and families and ongoing education of the public about the needs of the special needs community.  

The foundation believes that all children with special needs should have a voice, be given the same opportunities as all children and be able to develop their potential.  They are guided by a Board of Directors, composed primarily of parents, plus a host of volunteers and respected professionals who generously donate their time and efforts to increasing awareness, and providing expertise and guidance to the organisation.

Pictured: Lexie Solomon from SteppingStones handing over a cheque to Leslie Bromfield of the Special Needs Foundation of Cayman.

The employees of SteppingStones kindly donated a portion of their salaries, which was matched by the company, to benefit the Cancer Society of the Cayman Islands.

The Cayman Islands Cancer Society is funded through charitable donations and fundraising events.  The mission of the Society is to increase awareness among the people of the Cayman Islands or cancer as a major health concern, to initiate positive change in all areas relating to cancer, to prevent the development of cancer and to counsel and support cancer patients and their families. 

Pictured: Pam Abbott from SteppingStones handing over a cheque to Yvonne Byrne Nevin of the Cancer Society.

Image of London skyline, location of the new SteppingStones office in London.
Image of London skyline, location of the new SteppingStones office


SteppingStones Recruitment has expanded internationally, opening a UK office to serve recruitment needs for various markets in Europe.

The UK office officially launches on 1st February, and will be led by Chelsea Flynn. Chelsea possesses a Law Degree and has extensive experience in the financial services and legal fields, has undertaken management training under the International Leadership Management (ILM) course, and has gained international recruitment experience working in the UK, the US and the Caribbean.

“We are so thrilled to announce the international expansion of our company and to have someone with Chelsea’s talent and experience to lead the new office,” states Milly Serpell, Managing Director at SteppingStones Recruitment. “In recent years we’ve had a significant number of clients inquiring about using our recruitment services for other offshore offices, and so we have now decided to make this big step. It’s amazing to think that 12 years ago this journey began from my dining room table!”

The UK branch has been accredited by The Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) in the UK and will specialise in permanent recruitment and executive recruitment for legal and financial services industries in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Channel Islands, Luxembourg, the Isle of Man, and other offshore jurisdictions. Combined with the headquarters in Cayman, this expansion greatly increase the global reach to candidates and service capabilities for both Cayman and international markets.

 

We are very excited to announce the internal SteppingStones promotions of Hannah Foreman and Lexie Solomon.

Hannah Foreman, 26, has receieved her third promotion since joining the company in 2015, and is now a Junior Recruitment Consultant. Hannah started with the SteppingStones trainee Advancement Recruitment (STAR) program, training with senior recruiters on all aspects of the recruitment process from interviewing candidates, sourcing jobs and making those all-important placements. Hannah continues her adminstration duties from her previous job while training her successor, and SteppingStones' newest employee, Lexie Solomon.

Lexie Solomon, 22, has newly joined the company as Recruitment Administrator. She is currently persuing her degree in Business Adminstration and has decided to take on a full-time job at the same time to enhance her credentials upon graduation. Her role included supporting the recruiters and team with setting up interviews, background checking candidates and reformatting resumes.

"We are thrilled to once again hire and promote two excellent Caymanians into important roles within our company," states Milly Serpell, Managing Director. "Hannah has shown extraordinary commitment to her own development, organizing the Run in the Dark charity run again this year as well as qualifying as a Yoga instructor. Lexie is also an example to her peers, choosing to take on a full-time role while continuing her Business Adminstration degree - we feel fortunate to have both of these talented young ladies in our organisation."

 

SteppingStones Recruitment is delighted to announce a new strategic partnership with Dinner Martin Attorneys and Omni Cayman, established to provide enhanced immigration and payroll services respectively from 1st November 2016.

SteppingStones is a recruitment, employment and training agency in the Cayman Islands formed in 2005. Due to the ever-changing and complex nature of Cayman’s Immigration Law and a desire to focus on the core recruitment business, SteppingStones formed this new business alliance that will serve their current and new clients.

“We are thrilled to partner with two excellent corporate services firms in Cayman, and for our valued clients this will be both a seamless transition and one that adds significant experience and specialists to our services portfolio” says Milly Serpell, Managing Director of SteppingStones. “Dinner Martin Attorneys and Omni Cayman are client focused firms with outstanding track records, and two of our staffing coordinators, Laura McLaughlin and Taryn Czemeres, will be joining Dinner Martin to ensure there are no interruptions to immigration services.”

Immigration services at Dinner Martin Attorneys will be led by Randall Martin, who has over 12 years of professional experience in handling immigration and employment, with an excellent success rate. Omni Cayman is headed up by John Wagner and offers a wide variety of outsourced accounting and related services, working with many of the largest and leading companies in Cayman.

SteppingStones, a professional recruitment agency based in the Cayman Islands, is pleased to announce the promotion of Rosie Dunsford to Recruitment Manager.

Rosie relocated from London to Cayman in October 2011 and immediately joined the SteppingStones team. She obtained her BA degree from St. Mary’s University College in English with Professional & Creative Writing and Rosie is currently completing ILM (Institute of Leadership and Management) Level 3 Certificate in Executive Management.

“Rosie’s passion for people is her driving force. Her awareness and knowledge of the local and international market, in addition to her commitment to clients and candidates alike, makes her an invaluable member of the team,” states Milly Serpell, Managing Director. “Rosie has progressed quickly through our organisation and we are thrilled to promote her to the senior management team. I foresee a very bright future for Rosie here at SteppingStones.”

As part of the senior management team, Rosie will oversee the temporary and permanent recruitment divisions and all aspects of the recruitment process from sourcing and screening through to placement and ongoing support.

 

SteppingStones, a professional Employment, Recruitment and Training Agency based in the Cayman Islands, is pleased to announce the promotion of Caymanian employee Hannah Foreman to Recruitment Administrator.

Hannah moved to Cayman as a young child in 1996, relocating from the United Kingdom. She has made Grand Cayman her home for the past twenty years, returning to the UK for university, earning her Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art from Sheffield Hallam University. After returning home during the summer of 2015, Hannah began working for SteppingStones as a Receptionist in September 2015, quickly earning this promotion to the recruitment team.


“Hannah has been a great addition to the SteppingStones team, and we are delighted to recognise her efforts and commitment to our team and clients,” states Milly Serpell, Managing Director. “Hannah has advanced her knowledge and understanding of the industry very quickly and is popular with our staff and clients alike. We look forward to seeing her build on the success and reputation of our organisation.”

 

In her new role as Recruitment Administrator, Hannah will support the recruiters in their day-to-day roles ensuring all candidates are thoroughly screened and aware of all potential employment opportunities. In addition Hannah will manage the website, social media and all of community involvement programs.  

 

 

 

We are thrilled to announce that SteppingStones has been shortlisted for two Investors In People (IIP) Awards, Best Newcomer (International) and Gold Employer of the Year (International). The awards categories recognise the accredited organisations that have achieved the highest standards throughout the year, and shows that companies in Cayman can prove that they are amongst the world’s best.

The IIP Gold award we received earlier this year is a source of great pride to our company, and shows our dedication to creating the best possible environment for employees so that we in turn can provide the highest level of service to our clients. Now being nominated for two of the international awards is a heady accolade; Best Newcomer (International) finalists are chosen for their passion, dedication and unswerving commitment to investing in their workforce, while Gold Employer of the Year (International) recognises high-performing and high-achieving organisations that put people at the heart of their future success.

The awards celebrate the best people management practices amongst Investors In People accredited businesses. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 29 June 2016 in Old Billingsgate, London - and we already can’t wait!

For more information on the Investors in People, visit their website.

This month the employees of SteppingStones kindly donated a portion of their salaries, which was matched by the company, to benefit the Special Olympics of the Cayman Islands.

The Special Olympics Cayman Islands advised that they are dedicated in their cause to offer training and competitive opportunities for their Athletes and they could not do this without generous donantions.  

Pictured: Pam Abbott from SteppingStones handing over a cheque to Adriana Farias-Thomas of the Special Olympics.

 

SteppingStones is proud to sponsor T.R.I.O. The Rock International Open taking place in the Cayman Islands from January 21st – 25th 2016.

Jennifer Ebanks of SteppingStones presented a cheque to Maya Lewis of T.R.I.O.

The Cayman Islands is one of the world’s top kitesurfing destinations around the world, so we encourage everyone to come and support this exciting event.

T.R.I.O is a not-for-profit organization supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters in the Cayman Islands.

For more information, please visit the website:

http://www.therockinternationalopen.com/

 

 

 

From the kind donations of our temporary support members along with the matched contributions of SteppingStones, we recently donated a cheque to the Cayman Hospice Care.

Pictured: Laura McLaughlin handed over a cheque to Danielle Coleman of Cayman Hospice Care.

 

On Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd September 2015 Hayley Kooyman, Pam Abbott, Theresa Drummonds, Chelsea Flynn and Rosie Dunsford provided the CIFEC students with invaluable career advice on resume preparation, interview techniques, how to dress for success as well as how to get ahead from day one.  Here are some photographs from these sessions.

Hayley Kooyman, Theresa Drummonds and Pam Abbott with some of the students

Chelsea Flynn and Rosie Dundsford with some of the students

The students taking lots of notes.

SteppingStones recently partnered with the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC) and the Careers Advisory Service for their internship program for 2014-2015.  The aim of the internship program is to ensure that young people are better prepared for the world of work, with the necessary skills and motivation. 

SteppingStones provided work experience to an intern for 2014-2015 whereby we afforded an opportunity for the student to develop an insight into the skills and attitudes required by the business and to raise their awareness of career opportunities within our organisation.

SteppingStones has an ongoing relationship with CIFEC and on Tuesday 1st and Tuesday 2nd September 2015, our consultants will be providing students with invaluable career advice on resume preparation, interview techniques, how to dress for success as well as how to get ahead from day one. 

 

Members of SteppingStones kindly donate a certain portion of their salary each month to benefit those less fortunate than themselves and SteppingStones matches the donations made.  This money is then donated on a monthly basis to a local charity.  

This month, Theresa Drummonds handed over a cheque to Beulah McField of Meals on Wheels.

 

SteppingStones have recently introduced two new awards to recognise our awesome staff, the SteppingStones Long Service Award and the Stepping Up award.

Stepping Up Award – As a values based organisation, we appreciate all of our staff members displaying our core values and feel that those who display our values best, should be recognised and rewarded. As such, every six months, all of our staff members are invited and encouraged to nominate a staff member who they feel best displays the SteppingStones values and who they feel should feel deserve special recognition. 

For their honesty and integrity and their ethical, proud, dedicated, reliable, committed, fun and professional approach, Rosie Dunsford and Pam Abbott were recent recipients of the first ever Stepping Up Award!

SteppingStones Long Service Award – We appreciate all of our employees commitment and dedication to SteppingStones and we feel that tenure is worth celebrating! As such, all employees will be recognised after 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of service with us. Theresa Drummonds was recently awarded the SteppingStones Long Service Award for five years of service and commitment.

SteppingStones, a professional Employment, Recruitment and Training Agency based in the Cayman Islands, is pleased to announce the appointment of Sharon Fear as Accounting and Payroll Manager.

Sharon first came to Cayman Islands in 1998. Originally from the UK, she brings with her over twenty years' experience from within a broad range of industries from small niche businesses and professional practices to international law firms. Sharon started with SteppingStones at the start of April and has recently launched the newest division at the agency; the Accounting, Benefits and Payroll Division.

The formalisation of the new division greatly expands the outsourced administration services offered by SteppingStones. Services include full payroll and benefits administration, a full spectrum of corporate accounting services and strata account management.

"Sharon's wealth of experience and industry knowledge has already made her a key addition to the SteppingStones family. This appointment and expansion of services demonstrates our commitment to be the leading employment and recruitment agency in Cayman." states Milly Serpell, Managing Director. "More and more of our clients have been looking to outsource a wide-variety of accounting and administrative services as they can be very costly and labour intensive to manage in-house. This demand led to us creating our new Accounting, Benefits and Payroll Division and we were very happy to find someone of Sharon's caliber to lead the department."

 
We have our SteppingStones Cayman Big Game 5 VIP tickets WINNER from our Facebook photo-tagging contest!
 
Congratulations to Orla Collins, tagged by John Collins - you have won a pair of VIP tickets!!
 
Congratulations to Orla and John and thanks to everyone else for taking part! Don't forget you can still buy tickets at the gate or online here > http://www.caymanrugby.com/steppingstones-cayman-big-game#
 
Can't WAIT for tomorrow's match :)
 
SteppingStones is pleased to announce the promotion of Chelsea Flynn to Senior Recruiter of the Temporary Recruitment Division.
 
Chelsea began her career with SteppingStones in August 2013 as a Staffing Coordinator. She has progressed quickly to this senior position as she has demonstrated exceptional recruitment at both a local and international level, as well as strong leadership instincts with her hand on approach in training and developing other more junior members of the Steppingstones team.
 
Prior to joining SteppingStones, Chelsea developed her recruitment experience working for two international recruitment organisations in Manchester, England and later Boston, Massachusetts. She brought a wealth of experience to Cayman with specialized experience in a variety of industries, including Financial Services, Legal, Engineering and IT.
 
“Chelsea has been a key member of SteppingStones since we hired her and we are thrilled to announce her promotion to the senior team,” states Milly Serpell, Managing Director. “She is a walking example of the success one can have within SteppingStones when you are committed to our Core Values and are personally motivated to be successful.” 
 
Chelsea joins Rosie Dunsford to complete the SteppingStones Senior Recruiter team effective immediately.  
 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, from your friends at SteppingStones. Looking forward to a big year of celebrations in 2015 for our 10th birthday - stay tuned for more details!

 

SteppingStones have taken advantage of the Young Parents Programme, recently hiring a young Caymanian mother they met while volunteering for the programme.

Sharon Woodman was introduced to the company through the programme when SteppingStones volunteered by providing seminars and workshops on resumé writing, interview preparation, worth ethics and other relevant subjects. Sharon was initially hired on a part-time basis but has now accepted a full- time administrator role for the company.

The Young Parents Programme was developed by the Children And Family Services Department to provide training and work placement assistance for young mothers in the Cayman Islands.

“We were more than happy to volunteer our services to a great program like YPP, and always on the lookout to do our part to develop the homegrown talent here in Cayman. Sharon is a perfect example of the benefits companies like ours can receive from getting involved with these valuable programmes,” explained Milly Serpell, Managing Director at SteppingStones.

 

As proud sponsors of the CFA Society Cayman Islands, SteppingStones were delighted to be invited to attend the 2nd annual Cayman Investment Forum held at The Marriott last Thursday, 30th October.  With speakers including Nick Chamie, CFA, Brian Scott, CFA, Lawrence S. Speidell, CFA and Marc Faber, Ph.D, the event was an eclectic mix of information, anecdotes and industry updates, and was hugely beneficial to all those in attendance.  Many thanks to the CFA Society for a great event; we look forward to next year. 

 

It’s back and it’s set to be better than ever! As exclusive sponsors of the Cayman Arts Festival’s Music on the Menu series, SteppingStones are exceptionally excited that next week, on Thursday 2nd October, we welcome the return of this musical sensation/education.

The first in this year’s series is entitled ‘Soulful Awakening’ and will see the wonderful Glen Inanga and the hugely talented Angharad Parks join forces to delight and entertain the guests of Luca restaurant.

For more information regarding the evening itself and how to purchase tickets, please visit: http://caymanartsfestival.com/events/music-on-the-menu-soulful-awakening/

See you there!

 

 

As part of SteppingStones’ ongoing monthly charitable donations, we have recently had the pleasure of supporting the Kiwanis Key Leader weekend which will be taking place in October 2014.  This initiative “represents a major opportunity to assist in moulding teenagers to develop the leadership skills necessary to become tomorrow’s valued personnel and future executives.” As strong advocates for developing the skills of the youth within our community, it was with great pleasure that SteppingStones made a contribution to such a worthwhile cause. 

 

 

On Thursday 4th and Friday September 5th, Milly Serpell and Ciara Aspinall spent timemeeting and speaking with a number of students from the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC), to firstly offer careers advice and secondly see if there were any individuals interested in recruitment and the possibility of joining SteppingStones on an internbasis throughout their school year. Following on from the success of last year’s CIFEC student in the SteppingStones office, this is an initiative that Milly, Ciara and the rest of the team wholly support and are excited to see it progress and grow, thus enabling young adults in the community to further their education and learn some office based skills.

 

On Thursday 22nd May, the ladies of SteppingStones were thrilled to host the Cayman National Rugby Team along with their coaches and managers, and the additional sponsors of the SteppingStones Big Game - Cayman Islands V USA South. 

 

As the countdown to the 14th June begins, it was a great opportunity to wish the players luck and spend an evening hearing about the incredible hardwork and dedication that has gone into reaching this point. 

 

Good luck to the whole team, and thank you so much for attending the party, we had a blast!

 

We are thrilled to announce the arrival of a new SteppingStones baby! Pam and Steve Abbott welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Jessica Rae Abbott into the world on 1st March 2014 weighing 6lb 1oz. Mummy and daughter are doing brilliantly!

As proud sponsors of the TRIO international kitesurfing competition in the Cayman Islands last week, it was great to see that despite the initial lack of wind the event was an absolute success. With top class athletes, incredible local support, and dedicated organizers, TRIO is an event that we for one are hoping to see return next year! 

SteppingStones Recruitment, the premier Recruitment, Training and Development Company in the Cayman Islands, is delighted to announce their partnership with The Cayman Rugby Football Union (CFRU) to bring SteppingStones Big Game 4.

 

Over the past three years, the Cayman Big Game, has become a much anticipated fixture in the rugby calendar.  Steadily growing in popularity, the event attracts hundreds of avid fans from across the region and this year, SteppingStones Big Game 4 promises to be bigger and better than ever.

 

SteppingStones Recruitment and their staff are very active in the Cayman Islands community through their involvement in school and education programmes, annual events, monthly charitable donations, as well as consistent support and sponsorship of the arts and sporting events.  In addition to sponsoring a very successful touch rugby team, SteppingStones partnered with the CRFU to bring the SteppingStones NACRA Sevens to Cayman in November 2013.

 

“When we heard about the Big Game and the opportunity that it will bring to Cayman Rugby, we jumped at the chance to become involved” said Milly Serpell, Managing Director of SteppingStones Recruitment. “We are thrilled to be a part of this highly anticipated international annual event which promises to provide entertainment and excitement to both rugby enthusiasts and novices alike.  And of course we hope that our local team can continue its winning streak!”

 

SteppingStones Big Game 4 will be held at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on 14th June 2014 will see Cayman hosting USA South.  For more information visit Facebook at Cayman Big Game 4.

 

SteppingStones proudly sponsored the CFA Cayman Islands Society Conference last Thursday at George Town Yacht Club and picked up some excellent tips for potential CFA candidates:

 

Tips:

1. Prepare, you should ensure that you dedicate at least 300 hours for each level.

2. Study the LOS - the curriculum is key to how you should prepare and what you should revise.

3. Practice. Practice Practice!

4. Rest - Be sure to get some rest before the examinations.

5. Show up ! 30% of candidates do not show up on exam day.

6. Listen - do not open the book until you are told and stop writing when told (the CFA society holds a mock exam before the exam in same conditions).

7. Watch your time.

8. Stay calm.

9. Answer all the Questions - they are multiple choice so give it a shot "a, b, c"

10. Focus inwardly on the exam day, you will panic if you speak with other candidates during the breaks

 

The CFA is definitely a worthwhile qualification to obtain when considering a career in finance and investments longer term. It could lead to job opportunities such as Portfolio Manager, Reasearch Analyst, , Chief Executive, Consultant, Risk Manager, Financial Adviser or Banker.  If you can prove that you are actively involved in investment decision making process, this could be a great way to differentiate yourself in such a competitive market. For example, if you have involvement in auditing Funds or fund administration.

 

Visit www.cfainstitute.org/programs for further information.

SteppingStones invites all of their employees to join a charity donation scheme.  Monthly donations are collected from participating staff and the pooled funds are then matched by SteppingStones, effectively doubling the donation.  Participants also offer suggestions as to which local charities they would like to see receive the funds and this month Cayman Islands Crisis Centre were the fortunate recipients.

 

Pictured below Janet Taylor receiving the cheque on behalf of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre from Laura McLaughin, Staffing Coordinator in Immigration, SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd.

 

On Friday 17th January 2014, Rosie Dunsford and Chelsea Flynn spent the day at Clifton Hunter school on Frank Sound Road, interviewing Year 11 children who had applied to a variety of role. 
The students had been given a number of job advertisements to choose from and had officially applied by way of cover letter and tailored resumes. 
Rosie and Chelsea interviewed 6 students each and then provided constructive feedback and guidance on future interview techniques and resume writing. 
A great event that allowed the SteppingStones team to interact with some very impressive young adults. 

 

On December 7th the annual Parade of Lights took place at Camana Bay, featuring a beautiful parade of boats covered in lights.  This is a fun way to kick start the holiday season.  Watch the whole parade here or read more about holiday island events on our blog.

 

 

SteppingStones staff (including the temporary team) dressed in blue in support of raising awareness for men's cancer during the month of MOvember. Rosie, Dunsford, from SteppingStones, presented the cheque to the Lions Club of Grand Cayman and the Cancer Society.

 

The Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon is an annual event taking place the 1st of December 2013.  This event draws runners of all ages both locally and internationally.  For more information visit caymanislandsmarathon.com

The SteppingStones NACRA (North America Caribbean Rugby Association) Sevens Tournament was a huge success.  The event took place Saturday November 9 and Sunday November 10 2013 at Truman Bodden Stadium in Grand Cayman.  The event drew in over 2,000 spectators over the weekend.  The Men's Cayman team ranked 6th and Womens' Cayman team ranked 4th...a great overall result out of the 12 teams that participated.

Read some of the SteppingStones NACRA Sevens coverage below:

Crowd's roar is vital to do well (Caymanian Compass)

Sevens tournamnet lives up to top billing (Cayman 27)

Sixth place but will try harder (Caymanian Compass)

Alden deserves props for trying (Caymanian Compass)

Tickets are on sale and the schedule has been posted for the SteppingStones NACRA Sevens Rugby Tournament this November 9th & 10th.  Visit Cayman Rugby for more information and to purchase your tickets!

 

SteppingStones NACRA Sevens

Young parents who are participating in the Family Resource Centre’s Young Parent Services are currently enjoying some instruction from recruitment and training specialists SteppingStones, whose staff have been donating their time in order to help the participants improve their skills, making them more attractive to employers when they step into the workforce.

Ciara Aspinall, General Manager at SteppingStones Recruitment, said their staff members have looked forward to the six months of training with the young parents.

“At SteppingStones we are committed to finding the right employee for the right employer, so we are delighted to be able to assist young parents who may need to enhance their workplace skills.  This helps them become more attractive prospective employees for businesses operating within today’s highly demanding market,” she said.

Mrs Aspinall said that staff members will be teaching the young parents a number of useful skills that will greatly assist them to find the right job. Topics to be covered include resume and cover letter and email writing, marketing oneself, workplace skills, how to get ahead at work, as well as interview preparation and how to dress for success.

“These are all skills that are crucial for any young person to succeed in their chosen career, whether they are parents or not,” she stated. “Hopefully once these skills are mastered the young parents will find themselves more marketable to potential employers.”

Each of the training sessions is one to two hours long, depending on the size of the class involved.

Mrs Aspinall said she plans to expand the course towards the end of the six months.  “Towards the end of the programme we hope to follow up on the interview tips and conduct some interview role plays, followed by some actual interviews, both at the Family Life Centre and also at our SteppingStones office.  We are hoping those who attend our sessions will get a great deal out of the programme and help set them off on their chosen career path, offering a bright future for them and their families,” said Mrs Aspinall.

Recruitment and training specialists SteppingStones is excited to announce the expansion of its Temp Support Team to include new employee, Ms Chelsea Flynn, who brings her considerable knowledge and experience to the organisation.

Originally from England, Chelsea relocated to Cayman this year from Boston, Massachusetts and is well qualified to further strengthen SteppingStones’ service offering, having obtained a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Leeds. Chelsea has since recruited in a number of industries including IT, engineering and financial services.

Prior to joining the SteppingStones team, Chelsea developed her recruitment experience working for two international recruitment organisations managing a client base which ranged from global multi-nationals to small and medium enterprises. Her expertise spans temporary, temporary-to-hire and permanent recruitment.
 
SteppingStones Managing Director, Ms Milly Serpell, said she was pleased to welcome a staff member of Chelsea’s calibre to the team.

“We take a considerable amount of time and effort in recruiting new team members who will be a good fit with our staff and clients,” she said. “As the recipient of the 2013 Top Employer Award for small/medium employer, we realize that our team members are our most valuable asset. Chelsea is a strong and dynamic complement to our organisation and we are delighted to have her on board.”

Chelsea will head up the Temp Support Team recruiting both locally and internationally.

“We are already impressed with Chelsea’s energy and enthusiasm. In particular, Chelsea takes pride in her hands-on approach, and in this way our existing Temporary Support staff are in excellent hands, as are any prospective and new arrivals,” Ms Serpell said.

 

Tickets are now on sale for the SteppingStones NACRA Sevens Rugby Tournament this November 9 - 10, 2013.  Tickets for Adults are only $25 and children under 12 are just $15. 

Visit www.caymanrugby.com to buy your tickets now. 

 

Congratulations to the SteppingStones Touch Rugby team who just won the Final Day trophy after beating Genesis in the semi-finals and Island Air in the finals.

 

Read the full story here

 

Helping to raise funds for worthy causes, Music on the Menu is a must-attend event held three times a year to great acclaim by music lovers across the island. Recruitment and training specialists, SteppingStones, are delighted to be part of such an exciting initiative in this, the second year of their sponsorship.

Milly Serpell, SteppingStones Managing Director, says monies raised from this year’s events are going to a particularly worthy cause.

“The Cayman Arts Festival’s Cayman Youth Choir (CYC) will benefit from this year’s three performances of Music on the Menu and we are especially delighted to be able to help further the talents of Cayman’s young people, who are always an important focus for our firm,” she advises. “The Music on the Menu events are really well received and have attracted some of the finest musical talent Cayman has. The last event held recently at Luca, showcased music guests cellist Sebastian Poznansky and pianist Glen Inanga, both of whom are incredibly accomplished and highly acclaimed musicians.”

Cayman Arts Festival Managers, Nisha Bismillah and Pamela McDonough Brown, say that Cayman Youth Choir could not contemplate its exciting plans ahead without support received from the sponsors of Music on the Menu.

“The CYC is full of promising talent and enthusiasm and, through the support we have received from companies such as SteppingStones, the young people are gearing up for some magical performances towards the latter part of this year and into 2014.  Plans include a short performance by the Choir at one of this season’s Music on the Menu events, an invitation to school choirs to come together for another Christmas concert at Camana Bay in December and a possible collaboration with the popular band String Fever at Cayman Arts Festival in February next year,” Ms Bismillah stated. “We would like to express our sincere gratitude to SteppingStones for helping to make this happen.”

 

Photo Caption: Hon. Tara Rivers, Minister of Education, Employment & Gender Affairs with SteppingStones Managing Director, Milly Serpell

 

For more picture from this event, click here to view the photo album on our Facebook page.

The Cayman Arts Festival just held their infamous Music on the Menu event, sponsored by SteppingStones Recruitment.  This September event was held at Luca with musical guest Sebastian Poznansky with Glen Inanga.
 
SteppingStones has sponsored the Music on the Menu series, which includes three musical performances throughout the year, for the past two years.  This year the sponsorship will help fund the Cayman Arts Festival’s Cayman Youth Choir (CYC).

 

SteppingStones sponsors 2013 Music on the Menu

When it comes to the business of recruitment and training, young people in Cayman are receiving some excellent education and advice from SteppingStones. The training and recruitment specialists recently attended the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre’s (CIFEC) Careers Fair, and were able to help guide a number of youngsters onto the right career path.

SteppingStones General Manager, Ms Ciara Aspinall, said the company places a high importance on interacting with young people: “Choosing the right career is often a daunting task for young people and so we are delighted to be able to reach out to them at events such as the CIFEC Careers Fair and discuss with them individually how they see their career path developing. The event provides a terrific opportunity for students to gain some broad knowledge about what is available for them career-wise and also gave us the chance to get to know the latest group of young Caymanian talent about to join the workforce.”  

A young Caymanian, Emma Lang, also received an internship from the company over the summer, giving her the chance to understand the business of recruitment and training, as well as providing her with general exposure to the office environment.

Milly Serpell, SteppingStones Managing Director, said that Emma embraced the opportunity that was given to her: “We really enjoyed having her work alongside us over the summer,” she confirms. “Emma was able to learn a great deal about how our industry operates and showed maturity and drive. It was a pleasure to have her with us.”

This recent internship was such as success that SteppingStones has committed to take on at least one CIFEC student to intern at the company from October until May of next year.

“As a company committed to assisting young Caymanians within the workplace we are very pleased that we will be able to offer this exciting opportunity to another young person over the coming months,” Mrs Serpell states. “By working with our team they will gain full exposure to the business environment, which gives them an excellent advantage when they come to choosing their own career path, whether that is within recruitment or elsewhere. We are happy to provide that vital link.”

 

 

Photo Caption: SteppingStones General Manager, Ciara Aspinall and Managing Director, Milly Serpell, speaking one-on-one to a student at the CIFEC Career Fair.

SteppingStones was happy to make a donation to the Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman to assist funding their School Supply-A-Thon project. This is an initiative that has been supported across the island and involves providing the basic school supplies necessary to school aged children for their upcoming academic year. The supplies to be purchased include notebooks, pencils, erasers, sharpeners, glue, crayons, rulers and folders. The school supplies are being donated to the Department of Children and Family Services as has been done in the past years as there is still a need within the department. This is the third year running for this project, and to date just over CI $8,000 has been raised collectively.

 

Photo Caption:  Rosie Dunsford from SteppingStones Recruitment, donating a cheque to Lauren Langlois, President of the Rotaract Club of Grand Cayman.

Friday the 6th of September 2013 the Cayman Islands welcomed its first female Governor, Mrs. Helen Kilpatrick to the island.  She follows the past Governor, Mr Duncan Taylor who recently was reassigned to serve as Her Magesty's Ambassador to Mexico.

 

Visit Cayman27 to view the video of Governor Kilpatrick's arrival.

SteppingsStones recently presented a donation cheque, as part of the Stepping Up for the Community Programme, to Beulah McField from Meals On Wheels Cayman Islands. We are proud to support such a worthy organization that provides hot meals to approximately 175 people daily!  For more information on Meals On Wheels click here.

 

 

Photo Caption:

Pam Abbott, Outsourced Services & Administration Manager at SteppingStones, presenting a cheque to Beulah McField from Meals on Wheels.

SteppingStones Recruitment made a donation to Literacy is for Everyone (LIFE), as part of their community donation programme, Stepping Up For The Community.  The LIFE programme helps improve literacy levels in the Cayman Islands, which is something SteppingStones is very supportive.  Visit LIFE's website for more information about how you can get involved.

 

 

Ciara Aspinall, General Manager at SteppingStones, presenting a donation check to LIFE Board Member, Mr Woody Foster.

SteppingStones General Manager, Ms Ciara Aspinall, recently presented a donation of $695 to the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, which was accepted on behalf of the organisation by Ms Nicola Martyn.  The donation was part of SteppingStones’ “Stepping Up for the Community” programme.

The Stepping Up for the Community programme, now in its third year, encourages all temporary support staff members and permanent staff members to make a donation from their salary to the programme which is then matched by SteppingStones and donated to local charities each month.

Ms Aspinall said involving employees in the Stepping Up for the Community programme had provided both the joy of giving and a strong company culture.

“Our giving culture starts with passionate employees who bring charities close to their hearts to our attention,” she said. “Organisations such as the Cancer Society, Meals on Wheels, the Humane Society, Big Brothers Big Sister and the Pines Retirement Home, and many more, have benefited from our programme.”

“We are really proud that nearly all of our temporary support staff members and permanent staff members choose to be involved in the programme.   Giving back inspires us to think beyond our own personal challenges and frustrations.”

“Without the support of the community, Cayman’s charitable organisations would be unable to continue to provide their important services. We are committed to the Cayman Islands and to giving back to the community in which we live and work,” Ms Aspinall said.

Ms Ania Milanowska-Sedgley, Executive Director of Cayman Islands Crisis Centre said the organisation was honoured to benefit from the support and generosity of SteppingStones.

“As a local, charitable organisation, the Crisis Centre depends heavily on the support of individuals and the corporate community in order to provide its extensive range of services,” she said. “Contributions, like this one from SteppingStones, directly impact the lives of the women and children who seek safe shelter at our centre.”

 

Photo caption 1: Ciara Aspinall (r), SteppingStones General Manager, presenting donation cheque to Cayman Islands Crisis Centre representative, Nicola Martyn

 

Photo caption 2: Michelle Gibbon (r), SteppingStones Staffing Coordinator, presenting a donation cheque to Jennifer Weber of the Cayman Islands Cancer Society.

 

Photo caption 3: Lindsey Gordon (l), SteppingStones Recruitment Manager, presenting a donation cheque to Justine Riseley of the Cayman Islands Humane Society.

SteppingStones, for the second year running, has offered a placement opportunity to a young Caymanian student.  Emma, a young Caymanian student has just finished her first year at Newcastle University where she is studying Biology and Psychology.  She has just completed a summer placement with SteppingStones Recruitment where her primary focus was to support the recruitment team.  


“I really enjoyed learning about all the different aspects of recruitment and selection and feel that I have gained a lot of insight into the industry”, Emma stated.


Lindsey Gordon, Recruitment Manager with SteppingStones said they were delighted to have Emma join SteppingStones for the summer.  “In addition to general administration support work, Emma has helped us with a range of projects.  She is an enthusiastic and hardworking student and has proven herself to be a quick learner.  We are going to miss having her in the team”, said Lindsey.  


“SteppingStones is always keen to support young Caymanians to learn about our area of expertise.” said Milly Serpell, Managing Director of SteppingStones.  “We are committed to assisting in the training and development of young Caymanians and look forward to the continued success of our summer placement programme.”

 

The Cayman Islands Government Ministry of Home Affairs released a press release about their plans to make Immigration Law changes before the October 28 2013 deadline, when the term limit exemptions would expire.  This would allow the term limit holders to apply for permanent residency without the designation of 'key employee'.

 

Read more about this here.

SteppingStones is proud to be a new Allied Member of the Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA), representing over 250 local tourism-related businesses.  Visit CITA for more information.  

 

The Chicago Marathon is coming up this October and SteppingStones’ Outsourced Services & Administration Manager, Pam Abbott, is hard at work training for it.  June 29 – July 1 2013 Pam participated in the Lion’s Club PACCE walk/run which included a 15 mile run per day.

 

Read here about other local triathletes training over the summer.

Next Week, the Cayman Islands Government plans to present a change the Immigration Law to the Legislative Assembly.  The close deadline of October 28th 2013 marks when thousands of Term Limit Exemption permits would expire resulting in these employees needing to leave Cayman.  This would result in thousands of non-Caymanian workers leaving the island at the same time. 

 

Read the full article here for more information.

Congrats to the SteppingStones touch rugby team for winning the KRyS Global National Mixed Touch Rugby Championships 2013!  SteppingStones Recruitment is proud to be the sponsor of this national winning team.  SteppingStones took the final win over SIDEbar with a victory of 9 - 3.

Read more about the play-off match here

SteppingStones winning team

SteppingStones Touch  Rugby

Lindsey Gordon, SteppingStones Recruitment Manager, just graduated from the 2013 Leadership Cayman class.  It is an honour to have a SteppingStones team member take part in this committment to te business community.  Congratulations to all of the graduates!  For more information on Leadership Cayman, visit www.leadershipcayman.ky

Leadership Cayman 2013 graduating class

SteppingStones is happy to be the sponsor of the Cayman Arts Festival’s Music on the Menu series, taking place Thursday, May 23 at Luca.
This event takes place three times a year and features world renownedmusicians.  This latest event featured Soprano singer Georgina Gatto, accompanied by Glen Inanga.  SteppingStones is pleased to confirm that we will be the sponsor of the 2014 Music on the Menu series.

Read more information about Music on the Menu in What’s Hot and the Compass.

 

Michelle Gibbon, SteppingStones Staffing Coordinator, recently visited Chicago, Illinois to attend the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) annual conference and exposition for Human Resource professionals.  Michelle, along with other HR representatives from Cayman, attended the conference featuring world renowned speakers.  Read more about Michelle's experience on our blog HR Professionals...Becoming More: Bold, Stronger, Better at SHRM

SHRM HR Conference

The SteppingStones touch rugby team has finished out the regular season undefeated!  After such a great season, SteppingStones will be heading to the play-offs.

Read more about the SteppingStones season games below

 

SteppingStones defeats KPMG 14 to 0

 

SteppingStones overtakes Heineken 7 to 4

 

SteppingStones wins over Genesis Trust 10 to 6

SteppingStones Staffing Coordinator, Pam Abbott, took first place at the Cayman Islands Genesis Trust 2013 Duathlon again this year. 

 

Pam is always on the run and training for the next event, a 10K sea swim in June.

 

Read the full article in the Compass here.

SteppingStones took top honours by earning the most points in the small/medium business category at the 2013 Top Employer Awards and can now boast being one of the Best Places to Work in the Cayman Islands.

Read more about these prestigious awards in the full Journal article and Caymanian Compass article

 

Today marks Secretaries and Administrative Professionals Day - an unofficial holiday, which started in the 1950's and is observed in several countries, sets out to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, PA's, receptionists and other administrative support professionals.A common gift to send on this occasion is flowers, and while it may be a bit of an outdated tradition now, it is still nice to recognize and show appreciation for the work of your employees. 

 

 

Last year, SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd. entered our first application for the Top Employer award, and the team was delighted to to place as a winner in the category for Small/Medium Business. 

This year, we entered another application and were absolutely thrilled to not only come out as a winner, but to also take home FIRST place in our category (a jump up from 3rd place last year)! 

The Top Employer Award (rebranded in 2013 as Best Place to Work award) is "an initiative to determine Cayman’s top employers, was launched by the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals in 2009. The competition is intended to recognize leading organizations that attract and retain employees, contribute to the community, and create an environment that exemplifies respect, fairness and pride in the workplace." - CIHSRP.ky

We would like to congratulate all applicants and winners in the 2013 Best Place to Work Awards! 

Below is a photo of the SteppingStones team celebrating their win. For more photos of the event, please visit our Facebook page

SteppingStones was proud to be part of the celebration for Women's Month through all of March 2013. We were delighted to sponsor the 15th Year Anniversary Calendar through the Family Resource Centre, and attended an event with the Governor to showcase this. 

 

 

At the recent Careers Expo 2013, held at UCCI, SteppingStones presented a giveaway challenge - if you signed up for our newsletter, your name was entered into a draw to win a brand new iPad mini. 

 

We drew the lucky winner's name and we were delighted to pass on the prize today to Mr. Richard Watson. It was the first Careers Expo for Mr. Watson, and he found it to be quite enjoyable and beneficial. He was able to speak with several companies and presented his resume to prospective employers, including SteppingStones. 

 

In an article published by the Caymanian Compass, it was announced that a new legislation will be coming into place that will reserve certain occupations and job categories for Caymanian candidates only. 

These jobs will include Hotel concierges, human resources managers and trainee accountants, among others. 

While this decision has not yet been approved by the Legislative Assembly, it is part of an initiative to reduce the unemployment rate among Caymanians. 

 

To read the full article, please click here

Congratulations to our Theresa Drummonds for successfully completing the Administrative Assistant Workshop provided by Innovative Management & Professional Training (IMPT). 

 

 

SteppingStones is delighted to announce that we will be sponsoring yet another rugby team this year! We had such a brilliant time last season and we hope that this year is even more successful. 

In a recent press release published in the Caymanian Compass news, Michelle Gibbon - Staffing Coordinator at SteppingStones Recruitment - speaks about the GPHR course she took at UCCI and how it will greatly benefit the HR industry in Cayman. 

To read the article online, please click here

 

 

SteppingStones are very proud to announce that we will be sponsoring a Water Station again at this year's Stride Against Cancer event! This event is the Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s biggest fundraiser and consists of a half-marathon distance run as well as a shorter walking course of 6.5 miles. This year the run will be held on Sunday 27th January 2013. 

 

SteppingStones will be teaming up with Fidelity outside of our shared office building - Fidelity Financial Centre, on the mini roundabout on West Bay Road - and we will be passing out water and Gatorade while cheering on the fantastic runners and walkers participating in the event. 

 

For more information, please visit their website.

 

Michelle is seen here presenting our Sponsorship cheque to Monica from the Cayman Islands Cancer Society. 

 

The 2013 return of the Music on the Menu series kicks off in style on Thursday 24th January. The event, part of the Cayman Arts Festival, last took place in October 2012, and will this time treat attendees to an enchanting performance from Bel Canto performer and award-winning pianist Simeon Panov. Magical duets with Glen Inanga can also be heard in addition to a beautiful three course meal courtesy of the fine chefs at Luca.

As exclusive sponsors of the event, SteppingStones are exceptionally excited about another evening of music, fine dining and excellent company.  

 

On Wednesday 6th December, the CISHRP hosted their very first official Christmas drinks party at Edoardos in Coconut Place. Surrounded by twinkling lights and soft Christmas music, it gave members a chance to catch-up with each other and share plans for the coming festive season in a relaxed and social setting.

A generous draw included the distribution of prizes from SteppingStones, Dart, Butterfield, and many more organizations on the island. Our very own Emma Woodhouse and Juliette Shearman were both the happy recipients of gifts!

Many thanks to all who were involved in organizing, the SteppingStones girls had a great time!

 

The annual President’s Trophy competition was held on 1st December at the North Sound Golf Club.  There were three different categories:-Men, Senior Men (50+) and Ladies.  Emma’s score of 83 (net 68) was good enough to win the ladies division, and get her back the trophy she won once before, back in 2008. In addition she also scooped up a prize for being closest to the pin on hole number 11.

Following the competition the Cayman Islands Golf Association held its AGM.  In addition to the usual calendar of events Cayman will be hosting the Caribbean Junior Golf Championships, a week of competition for around 90 players aged 11-18, in July of 2013. 

 

On November 23rd 2012, the Future of Cayman Forum was held at The Ritz Carlton on Seven Mile Beach. As proud sponsors of ‘The Developing Talent’ breakout session, SteppingStones decided to add a little more to the event by encouraging fellow delegates to sign up for our e-newsletter, and be in with a chance to win two top selling books: Great by Choice  by Jim Collins, and Screw Business as Usual written by recent Cayman Islands visitor Richard Branson.

We were thrilled that the winner of these publications was Ahisha Bodden, HR Manager of Kirk Supermarket & Pharmacy, and President of the CISHRP.  When asked about her recent win, Ahisha was quick to say: "A big thank you to Stepping Stones for the wonderful reading materials I won at their booth.  They will certainly enhance my professional development and overall business acumen." Congratulations Ahisha!

Michelle Gibbon, Staffing Coordinator at SteppingStones Recruitment, is delighted to have successfully completed a three-month Executive Training course through SHRM, held at the local University College of the Cayman Islands. 

The course ran from September through to the end of November, and covered Global HR topics such as Strategic HR Management, Global Talent Acquisition & Mobility, Global Compensation & Benefits, Organizational Effectiveness & Talent Development, and Workforce Relations & Risk Management.  The course prepared students to sit the GPHR (Global Professional in Human Resources) Certification Exam. 

Students were asked to complete an online Pre-Test before starting the course, and then a Post-Test once the course was completed, in order to assess their progress and how much they learned. Michelle was thrilled to receive a mark of 100% on this test, and was presented with a Certificate of Achievement from SHRM for "successfully demonstrating skills and knowledge required of professionals in the Human Resources field as measured by the Society for Human Resource Management's Global Learning System." 

Michelle proudly displays her certificate in front of our office Christmas tree, as she can now put away the study materials and start getting excited about the Christmas holidays. 

 

 

Friday saw the North Sound Golf Club in Grand Cayman hosting over one hundred golfers playing in the all day Mo-Open Golf Tournament.   This is one of the many fundraising events which take place as part Movember.  All the proceeds are donated to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society to be used to create awareness and help with cancer treatment for those who cannot afford it.

Emma was there for the morning session as a volunteer and was kept busy registering the teams on arrival, selling raffle tickets and then acting as a witness for the hole in one competition.  A car was on offer for anyone able to make in a hole in one on the notoriously tricky 11th hole.  Sadly for those out in the morning the car was perfectly safe (no-one on the green, let alone in the hole) but is certainly seemed that a lot of fun was being had by all.

Emma’s afternoon was spent at the 9 hole Britannia golf course just down the road playing as a team member in another annual golf tournament. Organised by the Business and Professional Women’s Club whose motto is “Women helping Women “, this one is just for the girls!  Emma’s team were second, losing out by one shot, but she did win a prize for the longest drive of the day.  She was particularly pleased with this as most teams in this event wear costumes and she was wearing a fur hat complete with Christmas decoration snowflake adornments , scarf and fur trimmed golf shirt and skirt as “winter” in her team’s Four Seasons theme. 

We are delighted to announce that Michelle Gibbon, Staffing Coordinator at SteppingStones, has now become a Full Professional Member of the Society for Human Resource Professionals (SHRM)!

Michelle joins colleagues Milly Serpell, Ciara Aspinall, Lindsey Gordon and Pam Abbott who are all also SHRM members.  Michelle is also a member of the Cayman Islands Society for Human Resource Professionals. 

SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd. were recognized for their outstanding contribution and unwavering support of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce, at the esteemed level of Chamber Champion ADVOCATE for 2012. 

 

 

 

We followed Pam Abbott (Outsourcing Services & Administration Manager) through her Leadership Cayman 2012 programme and we were delighted when Pam successfully graduated from the program in June this year. 

We are once again very happy to announce that another member of the SteppingStones team, Lindsey Gordon (Recruitment Manager) has been accepted into the Leadership Cayman 2013 Program! 

The Program consists of 11 seminars, a class project day, and an opening Orientation Retreat at the Reef Resort in the East End. 

We look forward to following Lindsey during the program and to share this great experience with her. 

Rosie Dunsford, a Staffing Coordinator at SteppingStones, has officially become a Cayman Islands Rotaractor! Below are photos from Rosie's "pinning" ceremony. 

 

On Saturday 3rd November, Ciara Aspinall from SteppingStones provided a lecture on HR to the newly elected Junior Achievement Company Officers.  The Junior Achievement Company Programme has 294 students registered in Grand Cayman and 40 participants on Cayman Brac. The yearly 18-week programme gives young people the opportunity to start and run their own company, electing their own boards and providing a viable product they create. Volunteer mentors from sponsor companies guide the students through the process. “SteppingStones is delighted to assist the HR Officers from Junior Achievement and we were impressed by the calibre of the students, their enthusiasm and the experience that they will gain through the programme” said Aspinall. 

Below is a photo of Ciara with the Company Officers. For more photos from the session, please visit our Facebook page by clicking here

On Friday 12th October, SteppingStones participated in the “dress pink” day in aid of Breast Cancer awareness. The entire office donned their most glamorous pink attire and spent the whole day trying to exercise their most ‘pink’ attitudes.

In addition to our internal dress code, we invited members of our temporary team to wear pink for the day and providing we received photographic evidence, SteppingStones have made a donation per individual.

Combine this with our internal staff digging deep in their pockets for the privilege of wearing pink, and homemade cupcakes being sold at $2 a go, we raised a grand total of (drum roll please……) CI$411.

This contribution has now been handed over to the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens and we hope it will go some way to making a difference in the ongoing research and battle to fight this life changing disease.

From all of us at SteppingStones a huge thank you must go to our temporary team for entering into the spirit of the day, and of course to the Lions Club for their tireless support of the charity.

For the full tickled pink photo album please visit our Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/steppingstones.cayman

Below is a photo of Rosie Dunsford, who organized the event for SteppingStones staff, presenting the donation cheque to Norma of the Lions Club of Tropical Gardens. 

Local fitness studio owner and breast cancer survivor Colleen Brummer ran her annual “Pilates for Pink” event on Saturday, the proceeds of which go the Cayman Island Cancer Society.  Around 230 ladies signed up for the session and the ARC at Camana Bay was filled with ladies dressed in pink. No brave guys, the only men present were a photographer and Colleen’s husband helping with sign up.

The hour long high energy Pilates Boot Camp workout was paused at intervals to let us get our breath back, drink some much needed water and to more excitingly to draw for raffle prizes.  Emma won a tote filled with a pink mat, stability ball and water bottle amongst other goodies.  No excuses then!!!!

See picture of Emma wearing pink, with the pink fitness equipment she won, and a pink face from the workout!!

 

The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the CI Government, launched the Future of Cayman Economic Development initiative in 2010, which brough together public and private sector associations and volunteers to work towards achieving the best possible quality of life, business climate, employment and investment opportunities. 

This year, they will be holding another event on November 23rd at the Ritz-Carlton, and the format will be that of an open forum for a wider group of participants and sponsors. The focus this year will be: Build a Smarter Infrastructure and Develop Talent. 

SteppingStones is thrilled to announce that we are sponsoring The Developing Talent Breakout Session at the event. We are excited to be a part of such a wonderful event and thrilled to support the Future of Cayman projects. 

For more information on the event, please visit their website. To read the press release published on 10th October, please click here.

Full Panel 

Kirkaldy, Manderson, Howe, Bodden 

Will Pineau and the Sponsor Board

 

Since becoming a visiting member of the Rotaract club of Grand Cayman, Rosie has been lucky enough to be involved in some of the amazing projects and work that the club are involved in, in and around the local community.

One of the ongoing projects is to assist with Meals on Wheels, an initiative that allows the more elderly and less mobile members of the community to receive a hot meal in the comfort of their own home. The majority of the routes are based in and around central George Town and can be completed in an hour. So why not support this worthwhile cause and reach out to a member of the Rotary or Rotaract clubs to see how you could help. 

The Cayman Arts Festival’s ‘Music on the Menu’ series began last Thursday evening with staggering performances by Glen Inanga on the piano and Gene Welch with his trumpet. The event, “A Trumpeters Lullaby” was hosted by Luca and as the exclusive sponsors of the evening, SteppingStones were lucky enough to be in attendance.

As VIP guests of SteppingStones, a number of the Senior Management and People teams from dms Organization Ltd joined us to share in the ambience of the evening. A drinks reception followed by the stirring musical recital, a three course meal and plenty of chat and laughter made for an exceptional night out.    

Whilst over in the UK in September Emma attended a full day training course in Holborn, London called “Teambuilding Using the MBTI instrument”.  The event was a continuing professional development event for Myers Briggs Type Indicator professionals and covered all aspects of using the instrument when working with both in house teams and as a consultant.

Emma’s fellow delegates came from a wide range of organisational backgrounds and countries including the police, army, local government, a Belfast manufacturing firm and a research facility in Poland.  The wide diversity of experience together with a top rate tutor made for a fascinating, challenging and very stimulating day.

Armed with lots of ideas, exercises and enthusiasm Emma is raring to put what she has learnt into practice.

Last Thursday morning, 27th September 2012, saw the Cayman Islands Society of HR Professionals gather together at the Grand Cayman Marriott hotel for the annual general meeting. The meeting kicked off with a breakfast buffet and a chance to network and catch-up with colleagues, clients, acquaintances and fellow HR Professionals.

   

The meeting was focused on the 2012/2013 election process as well as a heartfelt and passionate speech by outgoing President Samantha Nehra; and an equally inspiring presentation by incoming President Ahisha Bodden.

 

Congratulations must be extended to the successful new members of the Board: Jackie Myles – Vice President, Keyreaye Bodden – Secretary, and Chris Bailey – Director; as well as all participating nominees.

 

An extended thank you to the CISHRP for another exceptionally well executed and enjoyable event.

SteppingStones Recruitment have set up a program where our internal and external staff can opt to have a portion of their earnings go towards a Charitable Donations fund which SteppingStones then matches every month.

Each month we present the donation amount to a different charity on the island, and this month we were delighted to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is an organization set up to provide children with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-on-one relationships. Little’s are matched with a mentor, either a Big Brother or Big Sister.

The one-on-one mentoring program is more than a volunteer opportunity – it is a significant commitment, and one that can change not only your Little’s life but yours as well. In addition to the one-on-one mentoring program, BBBS have also set up a school-based mentoring and a Group Activities program which require less of a commitment but are still extremely rewarding.

The BBBS Cayman organization relies heavily on donations, volunteers and community support, and Ms. Lois Kellyman – Executive Director – was thrilled to receive the donation on behalf of BBBS. Michelle Gibbon, a Staffing Coordinator at SteppingStones, was very happy to present the donation cheque to Ms. Kellyman on 10th September. The organization is one that is dear to Michelle’s heart, and she is currently undergoing the process to become a mentor with the program.

For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Cayman Islands, please visit their Facebook page.  

If you haven't done so already, you have 25 days left to enter your name into a draw to win a brand new iPad 3! 

Click here to sign up for our eBulletin, or "like" us on Facebook before 30th September, and you could be the proud owner of a new iPad! 
 

 

I have just heard from Fiona that unfortunately the weather did not cooperate for the day of her scheduled ascent up Mont Blanc this week.  Safety is the first priority of the guides, a fact which was brought to the forefront of everyone’s minds with the tragic loss of life on a neighbouring mountain in July this year when an avalanche struck a group of climbers.  If the conditions are not right they quite simply do not climb and put people at risk. 

However, the mountains certainly looked spectacular earlier today – see photo!

 

The summer is a wonderful time for high school and post-graduate students to gain practical experience in their fields through work placements. 

SteppingStones has welcomed student Ann Kinch into the office this week to assist with a research project, as part of her work experience program. 

This week also marked the time when students receive their latest examination results, and SteppingStones were very proud to hear that Ann received straight A's. Congratulations Ann!

 

On 14th June 2012, Michelle Gibbon and Rosie Dunsford - both Staffing Coordinators at SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd. - spoke about resume writing and interview techniques on the Business Buzz radio show. 

The Business Buzz segment is featured on Radio Cayman, and is produced by the Department of Commerce and Investment, and is on the air every Tuesday and Thursday morning. 

Michelle and Rosie spoke with Richard Barton about how to make your resume stand out, and how to master the dreadful job interview.  

For anyone who missed the show in June, the Department of Commerce and Investment have now posted the audio clip from the show, and you listen by clicking here.

Michelle Gibbon, Staffing Coordinator on the Temp Desk at SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd. 

Rosie Dunsford, Staffing Coordinator on the Permanent Desk at SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd. 

SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd. is a firm believer of community involvement and support, and we are delighted to be able to support local charities with the help of our internal and external staff contributions. 

On Saturday 4th August 2012, SteppingStones was proud to present a donation cheque to Jason Jairam, Shelter Manager of the Cayman Islands Humane Society. 
As a non-profit organization, the Humane Society relies on donations and support from the community. This donation will help to fund food and shelter supplies, medicine and spay/neuter procedures. Please visit the shelter's  website for more information on how you can help support the animals.

Below is a photo of Michelle Gibbon, Staffing Coordinator at SteppingStones and shelter volunteer, presenting the donation cheque to Jason Jairam, Shelter Manager. 

As part of our Charitable Donations program, SteppingStones was proud to present Sue Nicholson (Manager) of The Pines Retirement Home with a cheque on Thursday 2nd August 2012. 

The Pines Retirement Home provides Residential Care, Day Care, and a Respite Care Programme. For more inforamtion on The Pines, please visit their website

 

 

I was delighted to be invited to join the Saxon MG team in a charity golf event held at the North Sound Golf club on Friday 6th July which had been arranged by Ronan Guilfoyle to raise funds for the Temple Street Children’s Hospital. 

The Saxon team, smartly outfitted in green shirts (see photo 1) comprised Craig and Vicki from Saxon, Phil Jackson from UBS and Me (in the white hat).  It was a really fun afternoon and we had a lot of laughs but also tried really hard (see picture 2 of me concentrating over a putt).  Although the team did not win we achieved a very respectable finish within the top third of the field.  We did have an individual winner though. Craig Scott from Saxon got his shot closest to the hole on the fiendishly difficult 11th hole (see picture 3 of him receiving his prize).  I would like to say that this was totally due to my advice on which club he should hit but it was, of course, all down to his skill in hitting the shot!!

Thank you again Saxon for inviting me to join your team!

One of the Principals of SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd, Mrs. Milly Serpell, sits on the board of and is actively involved with the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation (CIEF). On 23rd July 2012, the CIEF will be hosting their National Show at the Equestrian Centre, located just off Linford Pierson Highway. 

SteppingStones is very proud to announce that we will be sponsoring this upcoming event, and we have no doubt that it will be a wonderful show. Photos to follow! 

Pam Abbott, a Staffing Coordinator here at SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd., has been participating in the Leadership Cayman program for the last 6 months. The program has been highly beneficial to Ms. Abbott and it has been a great experience to her. 

The class celebrated their graduation last night at Ristorante Pappagallo, and it was a wonderful evening to reflect on the accomplishments of the students. Click here for more information. 

 

Emma Woodhouse is now back in Cayman after her recent trip to Barbados to deliver a one day training seminar.  This workshop was a follow up to the three day programme she had facilitated there earlier in the year and was focused on revising and adding to the management and leadership and coaching skills introduced previously.

 

The day was a great success with a very high level of participation from the delegates who very graciously expressed their thanks and appreciation at the end of the day remarking in particular on who much they appreciated the focus on practical skills that could be transferred directly to the workplace.

Every year for the last 20 years, Grand Cayman has hosted a one-mile open water swimming competition called the Flowers Sea Swim. This year, the race started at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, and finished at the Royal Palms Beach Club. 
Over 800 swimmers (including past Olympians and World Record breakers) took to the calm waters of Seven Mile Beach on Saturday 9th June, with hundreds more lined up on the shores cheering for the participants.
Three SteppingStones employees, namely Pam Abbott, Rosie Dunsford and Michelle Gibbon all participated in the event and had a wonderful time. 
Rosie even managed to win a 2-night stay at the Reef Resort as part of the random prizes following the race. 
If you are in Cayman next year around this time, we would highly suggest participating in this great event! For more information on the Flowers Sea Swim, check out their website

 

 

The most recent of the Be Informed series of meetings , which is sponsored by SteppingStones, was held at 3.00pm on 30th May at the Chamber of Commerce conference room in Governors’ Square.  The event was very well attended with standing room only.  The opening remarks were made on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce by its Vice President Mr Johann Moxam.

 Mr Langlie Powery, Assistant Collector of Customs, gave the presentation which covered the origins, benefits and mechanics of the new Harmonised Customs Tariff Codes which are to be launched on 1st July 2012.  Then Mr Powery and the representatives of the Economics and Statistics Office Mr Michael Godfrey and Miss Julietta Beaupierre answered questions from the floor.

The meeting concluded a little after 4.15pm with a vote of thanks given by Emma Woodhouse 

 

Emma Woodhouse was 1 of 20 golfers from Cayman who made the trip last week to the world famous Casa de Campo golf resort on the southern coast of the Dominican Republic.  There were approximately 170 players taking part from all across the Caribbean.  In addition to competing in the main tournament Emma was 1 of the 4 ladies representing Cayman in the “Dessie Henry Trophy”, a separate ladies only event run within the general competition. 

Whilst the ladies all tried their hardest the team from Jamaica was too strong and won the trophy by a large margin.  The men fared better coming second overall in the general competition and there was some success in the Woodhouse household.  On the final day Emma’s husband Paul had the best score of any golfer over the three days of the tournament!

Whilst she was disappointed at the result Emma had a fantastic time, met some old and made some new friends and was very grateful to the Cayman Islands Golf Association for enabling her to attend.  Below is a picture of one of the truly spectacular courses she played.  It is called “Teeth of the Dog”

 

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Michelle participated in the 800m open water swim, sponsored by LIME, on Saturday 12th May, with over 100 other swimmers. This was Michelle's first open water swim, and she finished with a time of just over 20 minutes.

Pam Abbott was also present for the race, assisting the event organisers as a Marshall to ensure the safety of the participating swimmers. 

This swim marked the beginning of Open Water Race season, with the next swim happening on 26th May, sponsored by Butterfield, and the Flowers 1-mile Sea Swim on 9th June 2012. 

For more information on the open water races, please visit the Cayman Active website. 

 

The two day Cayman Islands Golf Championships took place 12th and 13th May at the North Sound Golf Club.  Emma Woodhouse took part but although she did not win, she was runner up in her division and won a prize for hitting a shot closest to the flag on the par 3, 9th hole.

Speaking at the prize giving ceremony at the end of the competition, Jason Perras, President of the Cayman Island Golf Association, named and thanked all the sponsors for their support explaining that the monies raised were used not only to run the championships but also for junior golf coaching and for funding representative teams at international events.

SteppingStones sponsored the 11th hole which is the signature hole on the course, a picturesque but very difficult one that looks out onto the North Sound.  It has particular significance for Emma as it is where she got married!   See the photo below which shows the SteppingStones banner in the foreground with the green and a group of golfers framed by palm trees in the distance.

 

This weekend marked the second leg of the Cayman Islands Equestrian Federation's Junior Show Jumping Competition, on 12th and 13th May 2012 at the Equestrian Centre. 

SteppingStones was very proud to sponsor one of the jumps at the competition. 

The Cayman team placed first on the weekend, and the CIEF is exrremely proud of the victory. 

Cayman team lead with 19 faults, followed by Trinidad and Tobago with 21 faults. Jamaica and Barbados came in next with 47 and 93 faults respectively. 

The competition involved four different show jumping courses, where all riders had to ride four different horses.

Faults are accumulated for refusals and knocking a jump down. 

Polly Serpell (under 16) and Thea Millward (under 14) represented the Cayman team brilliantly with their wins. 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday 5th May, Cayman’s top cyclists participated in the second event of the Cayman Classic cycling series. The event was organised by the Cayman Islands Cycling Association, and took the form of a five kilometre individual time trial, with the win going to the cyclist with the quickest time in each category.

 

Pam Abbott sett the best time of 8:24! We are very proud of Pam as she continues in her winnig streak. 

 

For more information on the race, please visit the Compass website

The Cayman Islands Tourism Association (CITA) held their annual general meeting on 15th April to discuss all upcoming events and promotions for the year. Following this, on Monday 30th April, they also held an Immigration Seminar at the Westin Casuarina Resort to discuss changes to the Cayman Islands Immigration policies, procedures and the Association's influence and representation in the market. 

At SteppingStones, Immigration plays a very big part in our day-to-day business, so this seminar was very informative and helpful to us and our clients. 

For more information on the Cayman Islands Tourism Association and their initiatives, please visit their website.

Below is a photo of the Immigration team present at the Seminar. 

 

 

SteppingStones is proud to be supporting the Cayman Islands Golf Association by sponsoring one of the holes at the Cayman Islands National Golf Championship which is scheduled to take place on May 12-13 at the North Sound Club and. The championship is organised by the golf association whose mission is to promote the game of golf in the Cayman Islands.  The organization is run by a committee comprised of volunteers and is entirely dependent on annual membership dues, tournament entry fees, corporate sponsorships and various other donations. In addition to running a number of events throughout the year, the association has been involved in a very successful junior programme introducing children of all ages to the game with the assistance of the professional coaching team at the North sound Club and a number of players who help out.

The National Championships is one of the most popular annual golf events in the Cayman Islands, there are usually around 60 players of all playing levels who compete over the two days.  Whilst the tournament is used in selection of the 2012 men’s and women’s national golf teams it also provides opportunities for those who are not of the standard to play for the national side to compete for titles against others at their level.  SteppingStones trainer Emma Woodhouse will be playing in a bid the regain the title of Ladies Net Champion which she won a couple of years ago.

From April 24th to April 26th, Island Heritage hosted a very successful Charity Drive, in an effort to raise money for three local charities: The Blue Iguana Recovery, Meals on Wheels and the Cayman Islands Humane Society. 

Each day, every time a driver passed through the Island Heritage Roundabout on the bypass, Island Heritage donated CI$1 to the charities. Island Heritage also donated CI$1 every time their Facebook page was "liked" and each time they were mentioned on Twitter. 

On 26th April, three of SteppingStones' staff took to the streets to direct traffic towards the Island Heritage roundabout in an effort to drive more support and donations for the Cayman Islands Humane Society. 

The Charity Drive turned out to be very successful, raising CI$30,000 in total, with CI$10,000 going to each individual charity. We would like to thank everyone who participated, and are delighted to see these three wonderful local charities receive such tremendous support.

For more information on the recent Island Heritage Charity Drive, please visit the website.  

 

On 18th April, the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals (CISHRP) hosted a wonderful social event at The National Gallery, where the ground floor art exhibition was opened for viewing. 

SteppingStones' co-owners Milly Serpell and Ciara Aspinall attended the event, along with colleagues Rosie Dunsford and Lindsey Gordon. 

 

 

SteppingStones is delighted to announce that we have agreed to be a co-sponsor for the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals (CISHRP)'s upcoming Annual Conference! 

The CISHRP Annual Conference will be held this year on May 17th, 2012. 

More details to come! For more information on the CISHRP, please visit their website.

Bright and early on the morning of Sunday 15th April, SteppingStones' Pam Abbott participated in the annual 100 Mile Ride, sponsored by Massive Equipment Rental and organized by the Cayman Islands Cycling Association. 

 

 

 

Pam Abbott, after completing the 100 mile ride! 

As first time recipients of the Top Employer accreditation, Ciara Aspinall, Partner and Operations Supervisor at SteppingStones Recruitment and Krista Pell from dms Organization joined Phil Jackson from the Cayman Islands Society of HR Professionals on Cayman 27's DayBreak this morning to discuss the award.

Ciara speaks about how earning the Top Employer award has increased employee morale at the office as well as our ability to attract and retain talent. This award has also vastly improved the quality and caliber of candidates that apply to us, because they want to come on board with and work for a company that has been named a Top Employer. 

 

This award formally recognizes what we have hoped and worked hard for, and we are delighted and very proud of the achievement. 

 

Please click here to view the full interview online.

 

The Top Employer Awards recognize the top companies to work for in the Cayman Islands. For more information, please click here.

Every year the Caribbean Golf Association, the governing body for amateur golf in the region, organises a tournament called the Caribbean Classic. The event is designed to allow players of all abilities to play against others at the same level as them and so provides an opportunity for completive golf to everyone, not just the elite level. The Caribbean Classic 2012 takes place in May and is being held  at Casa De Campo in the Dominican Republic.

In addition to the general competition there is a specific cup called “The Dessie Henry Trophy”.  Each country can enter a team of 4 lady golfers of varying levels of ability who are over the age of 30. After a qualifying competition held by the Cayman Islands Golf Association, Emma Woodhouse was successful in securing a place on the team representing Cayman.  She is now putting in as much time practicing as she can to prepare and hopefully help the team to victory.

On Wednesday, March 21st 2012, Ciara Aspinall was invited back to deliver another career guidance presentation to students at John Gray High School. This time, Ciara met with 10th grade students and focused on the topic of "How to Prepare Yourself to Succeed in the Workplace". This included advice on resume writing, interview techniques, how to best present yourself, and what you can do to get on track to succeed. "I met with a fantastic group of students who were very welcoming and motivated to gain whatever guidance I could offer them and I was so pleased with the level of participation and the question and answer session at the end," said Ciara.

On Thursday 16th February, Ciara Aspinall was delighted to be asked back to deliver a presentation to the students of John Gray High School. This was a shorter seminar compared to past events and with the help of Larissa Montoya-Berry, Ciara presented tips on how to better prepare and market yourself for the workplace.  This included resume and interview tips, what to wear and what not to wear to interviews, etc.

"It was great to return to my high school to help students gain useful knowledge in how to succeed in a career and to realize that they can achieve anything they want with hard work and dedication. I am delighted to have been asked to return and present my story to the students and hopefully to inspire some of them," said Larissa.

 

 

Towards the end of 2011, SteppingStones' Trainer Emma Woodhouse had a major project designing a tailor-made three day leadership programme here in Cayman.  The course was rolled out during November to both the Senior Executives and the managers, with Emma facilitating the workshops, which had between 6 and 15 participants each day.  The course was very positively received and at the end of January 2012, Emma travelled to the business’s branch in Barbados to roll out the programme there.

“It was four full days but the workshops went really well and the level of participation was very high.” said Emma. “As all the delegates were from Barbados, working with them gave me some insight into the culture of another Caribbean Island, which was a great learning experience for me”.  “As this was a business trip I sadly didn’t get to see much of Barbados, but what I did see was really beautiful and I got to sample some good local specialities including flying fish”.

Emma is now back in Cayman , working on a follow up course for the company  and keeping her fingers crossed for a return trip later in the year!

SteppingStones is proud to sponsor and man a water stand at this year's Stride Against Cancer, the Cayman Islands Cancer Society’s biggest fundraiser. The event consists of a half-marathon distance run as well as a shorter walking course of 6.5 miles and will be taking place on 29th January 2012.

This is a cause that hits close to home for so many of us and we are pleased to help raise awareness and funds in any way we can.  As always, many of our lovely temps have kindly volunteered to help us out at the water stand and support the runners. It will involve manning a noisy, lively and very fun water station starting in the early hours of Sunday morning and we have had a great response.

We always have room for more volunteers so if you are not already running in the race, feel free to join us at our water stand and email Michelle Gibbon, michelle@steppingstonescayman.com

Good luck to the athletes!

           

 

We are pleased to announce that we currently have 10 Caymanians (including status holders and persons with rights to work) working on temporary assignments with our clients!

We make every effort to recruit Caymanians for all of our roles and are very proud to see one of our highest numbers yet.

Temping can be an avenue to facilitate a change of career and broaden your experience. Other benefits of temporary work include: greater control over your working life, the chance to test out different work environments and work out your strengths and weaknesses, develop new skills through exposure to different systems and processes, and it can help you determine the direction you want to take your career. Temping can also give candidates a chance to keep busy during a recession and times of unemployment.

 

We recently received some very kind words of appreciation from a couple of recipients of our charitable donations program. 

Each month, participating members of our temporary support team make voluntary donations and a specific amount is deducted from each pay cheque. The total amount is then matched by SteppingStones and donated to a chosen charity of the month.

Donors are encouraged to nominate a charity that they hold close to their heart.  In the past year, SteppingStones and its temp team have donated to The Pines, Off the Beaten Track, Nadine Andreas Residential Foster Home, Cayman Islands Humane Society, Cayman Islands Cancer Society, Cayman Islands Wildlife Rescue and the Cayman Crisis Centre.

Below are two letters we received from the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre and the Cayman Islands Veterans Association, both of them detailing how they utilize donations.  We are honored to support such worthy causes!

   


SteppingStones is proud to sponsor the upcoming Cayman Arts Festival, which runs from 9th-15th February 2012, and we are pleased to announce that the festival website is now live!

Performers this year include Canadian Brass, violinist Charles Yang & pianist Peter Dugan, the Juilliard Jazz Ensemble, classical group the Ahn Trio, in addition to many more.  This year we are even being treated to a live outdoor screening of Romeo & Juliet on Valentine's Day.

We are huge supporters of the arts and are excited to help bring this wonderful festival back to Cayman.  For information on events, sponsors, and to see photos and purchase tickets, please visit their website by clicking here

We look forward to seeing everyone out and about at all the different events and performances! 

The tables were turned on SteppingStones’ Trainer Emma Woodhouse on Friday 9th December 2011 when she attended a workshop as one of the delegates rather than as the trainer. 

As part of her continuing professional development she attended a full day Myers-Briggs course in Oxford, England.  Together with four other practitioners she spent the day revising not only her knowledge of the world renowned MBTI tool but practicing giving feedback and using the results in practical exercises both for individuals and for teams.

“I found it useful to be able to practice my own skills and really benefited from the detailed feedback from both the other participants’ and the trainer.  Throughout the day we all shared ideas, thoughts and experiences which was a very valuable learning experience.” said Emma.  “I can’t wait to put my new skills into practice.”  In addition to this workshop Emma is also studying for an advanced certificate in suing MBTI with teams.

SteppingStones’ Operations Manager and recruitment expert Ciara Aspinall and trainer Emma Woodhouse teamed up last Thursday the 1st of December to run a full day Recruitment and Selection workshop.  This was organised as part of the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals (CISHRP) training and development programme, took place at UCCI and was attended by 8 HR practitioners who work on island.

The Programme was mixture of presentations, practical exercises and case study based discussions.  The range of experience, from 20 years to a few weeks of those attending and the varied nature of the organisations in which they work which included both the private and public sector and the civil service made for fascinating and wide ranging discussions.  Everyone was able to benefit from both the material included in the course the shared experiences and ideas of everyone attending.

“I think we both found the day a challenge but it was also enjoyable” said Emma.  “Pooling our individual expertise; mine in writing and sourcing the training materials and facilitating the discussion groups with Ciara’s wealth of knowledge and experience of recruitment on island worked really well.”

Emma Woodhouse’s golf odyssey continued through November culminating in a victory for her team in the Cayman Islands Business and Professional Women’s golf tournament.  This annual fund raising event is always well attended and this year was no exception with over 60 ladies taking to the Britannia golf course.  The tournament raised over CI$10,000 for various on island charities.

The focus of the event was having fun! Teams of four played in a scramble format and the skill levels ranged from Cayman national team members to people who have never stepped onto a course before.  The added twist is that many of the teams wear sometimes quite elaborate costumes whilst playing.

Because of the range of experience, prizes were awarded not only for the best score – which is the one Emma’s team won, but also for most honest (highest)and most exuberant, amongst others. The day was not a total success for Emma’s team, however, as they were defending champions of the costume prize and whilst they defended bravely, they were pipped at the post this year!  

Emma's team was still very proud of their low score victory considering  it was achieved dressed as goddesses in flowing white robes with streamers and laurel wreath headdresses! Unfortunately, despite many requests, Emma has declined to provide photographs!

The Legends Tennis Tournament week fun started for some on 14th November when the Ritz Carlton Blue Tip golf course played host to sponsors and their guests.  SteppingStones had four players included in the 9.00 am group; these were Emma Woodhouse (SteppingStone’s Trainer) her husband Paul; a two time representative of the Cayman Islands at the Caribbean Amateur Championships, Nitti Howe; also a Cayman National team player and her husband Braden.

Whilst this was not an organised tournament informal competitions were arranged both within the group and between the groups just to get the competitive juices flowing.  Whilst there were no physical prizes the bragging right were hotly contested.

It was a beautiful, if windy day, to play golf and great fun was had by all.

As one of the sponsors of the KPMG Legends Tennis Tournament being held at the Ritz Carlton on Grand Cayman in November, SteppingStones was invited to send a representative to take part in a sponsors’ golf tournament.  Luckily for us (and for her, she says!) we have a golfer on the team, Emma Woodhouse our Training Partner.

The event took place on Thursday 3rd November at the Blue Tip Golf Course and involved teams of four playing in a “scramble” format.  It was a very relaxed and fun event but none the less competitive.  There were individual prizes of vouchers and bottles of rum available for the best shots on various holes and team prizes were awarded for the best and the worst score.  First place winning a bottle of Pink Champagne, last place a Blue Iguana cover for a golf club.  Scoring was very close with only two shots between first and last place.  Because of the tie, the “winners” of the last place tie was decided by looking at their scores on individual holes.

Congrats to Emma who was a prize winner! 

SteppingStones were please to sponsor another of the Chamber of Commerce  “Be Informed” meetings on Wednesday 26th October.  The subject of the meeting was the National Energy Policy for the Cayman Islands.  Chamber of Commerce President elect Mr David Kirkaldy opened the meeting which was well attended and was reaching a wider audience as it was being broadcast live by Radio Cayman.

A presentation was then given by Mr Glidden, MLA the National Energy Policy Committee Chair and the chairs of the various subcommittees to explain their terms of reference and to update the attendees on their work to date on putting together an energy policy for the next twenty years.  They also outlined the steps to be taken in the coming months.  The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.

SteppingStones Trainer Emma Woodhouse was at the meeting and delivered the vote of thanks.

On Friday September 30th, some of SteppingStones' staff took part in the Cayman Islands Humane Society fashion show, Doggywood: Fashion Unleashed.

Held at the Ritz Carlton, the red carpet event included a fashion show (dog and human!), buffet, fashion boutique, and silent auction.  After guests enjoyed the delicious buffet, they were treated to a fashion show including several of our furry friends, dogs up for adoption at the Cayman Islands Humane Society.  The dogs looked very smart in their black and white ties and impressed the crowd as they sashayed down the runway, showing off weeks of obedience training!  This was followed by a fashion show including Miss Cayman and many other lovely ladies modelling a gorgeous array of dresses donated by some very generous local sponsors.

The night was a great success for the shelter, with all auction items and most dresses being sold.  SteppingStones Staffing Coordinator and dog-lover Lindsey Gordon organized the large group of volunteers for the night, including several of our temporary and permanent staff and alumnae, ensuring everything ran smoothly.  The Cayman Islands Humane Society relies on these events and the generosity of the attendees to raise funds that go directly to the day to day operations and care of the shelter animals.  As a result of the event, two of the dogs involved in the show were adopted by loving families.

For more information about the Cayman Islands Humane Society, visit www.caymanhumanesociety.com

 

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new and improved SteppingStones website! With its fresh new look, you will find better tools and resources, more detailed information about the services we offer, better accessibility, and overall much more user-friendly navigation for jobseekers and employers alike.

Whether you are an employer looking to fill a role, a jobseeker, considering a move to Cayman, or new to the Island and looking for information to help you settle in, we hope you will take a few minutes to read through our new website and find it to be a valuable source of information for Recruitment, Training and Development, and news in the Cayman Islands.

Be sure to check back regularly for the most up to date jobs and information as the website is updated daily.  We welcome any and all feedback via our Contact page.  Thank you for visiting the SteppingStones website!

SteppingStones' resident athlete Pam Abbott recently participated in the annual Ogier Stroke and Stride Series.  The third and final event of the series on Wednesday August 24th was particularly difficult as the swimmers fought choppy seas before moving onto the running portion of the event.  There was fierce competition throughout the series and Pam put on a fantastic performance coming in second in the ladies overall for the series while Jacquie Retief took home the ladies title.

In the men’s overall competition, Marius Acker regained his series title, with Matthew Courtis in second and Johan Heath in third.

Sponsored by Ogier and organised by the Cayman Islands Triathlon Association, the Stroke and Stride is a 3-series charity fund-raiser race held every August with the start and finish at Sunset House. It attracts a wide range of abilities; from those that regularly compete, to those that just want to get out and have some fun and exercise.

 

 

We are delighted to announce a tiny new addition to the SteppingStones team.  Congratulations to our very own Ciara and her husband Rob Aspinall on the recent birth of their beautiful baby girl, Ellie Niamh!

Ellie was born August 23rd and Mum and baby are both doing great.  Congrats again to Ciara and Rob!

 

!Ellie playing in her little jungle gym!

SteppingStones was proud to choose the Cayman Crisis Centre as the recipient of its July/August donation.  On Monday, September 12 2011, centre representative Nicola Martyn stopped by our offices and graciously accepted our donation from Theresa Hydes.

The Cayman Islands Crisis Centre (CICC) is a locally run charitable company that was established in early 2003.  Their mission is to provide safe, temporary, shelter and a supportive environment for abused women and their children.

The CICC acknowledges that domestic abuse and sexual abuse is a violation of an individual's human rights, and is not just a problem that affects the persons directly involved but also their families and the community.    They believe that everyone deserves the right to live a life free of violence and are dedicated to seeing an end to these horrific crimes. Through their services and programmes they hope to educate the community in order to prevent domestic abuse and sexual abuse.

Thank you to the members of our temporary support team who generously donate each month.  These donations are matched by SteppingStones and greatly help so many on Island charities.

Nicola Martyn accepting cheque from Theresa Hydes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SteppingStones is a proud sponsor of the 2011 Cayman Arts Festival, a bi-annual festival which celebrates local and international music and artistic creativity and shares it with the people of Cayman.  This year, the festival is comprised of 2 events, an evening with The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra from New York and a performance of Cayman choristers. 

The Juilliard Jazz Orchestra and its ensemble is an internationally acclaimed group that plays more than 50 performances annually including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the world-renowned Blue Note in New York City.

The second event combines the talents of our local Cayman choristers, with performers spanning in age almost 8 decades, called Cayman Choirs in Harmony.  This highly anticipated performance is sure to be a fantastic show!

SteppingStones is delighted to be a major sponsor of this wonderful event promoting arts and culture in Cayman and very excited to see these performances!

Following greatly successful fundraising efforts in its first year, the Off The Beaten Track relay race returned this year and was held in Grand Cayman on 27 February 2011. 

The ultra-marathon is designed to create the atmosphere of the ultra-distance race run every year in the hot sands of Morocco - the Marathon des Sables.  The race consists of teams of 6 running in relay over a distance of at least 50 kilometers.  As the name implies, the course is a complex route incorporating beach, dyke roads, back streets, and more!  For the fit and seasoned runners who participated, the race was undoubtedly a unique and challenging experience.

All monies raised were donated to Facing Africa (www.facingafrica.org) – a charity dedicated to helping children in Nigeria and Ethiopia who suffer from a disease called NOMA.  NOMA is an acute and ravaging gangrenous infection affecting the face.  The victims are mainly children under the age of 6, caught in a vicious cycle of extreme poverty and malnutrition.  The mortality rate for this disease is estimated at about 90%.  Those who do survive suffer from immense distress and social isolation as a result of their facial deformities.

SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd. and some members of the temporary support team donated nearly CI$500 to KRyS Global, the main sponsor of Off The Beaten Track.  On Monday March 7th, 2011 Lindsey Gordon presented Peggy Basdeo of KRyS Global with the cheque on behalf of SteppingStones and its temporary support team.  SteppingStones is proud to donate to this extremely worthy cause and applaud KRyS Global and all participants for their huge efforts.

 

SteppingStones was delighted to be a major sponsor at The Careers, Education, Training & Jobs Expo 2011 held on Friday, February 4th. 

During the Expo, participants were encouraged to enter a draw to win an iPad.

We are pleased to announce that Miriam Berry was the lucky winner.  "I was over the moon when I found out that I had won the iPad.  It was just a surreal experience," said Miriam.   

Congratulations Miriam!

The SteppingStones Team

SteppingStones is proud to be a major sponsor of the upcoming Careers, Education, Training and Jobs Expo 2011.

The event will be held in the Family Life Centre on Walkers Road on Friday 4th February from 10am - 7pm.

SteppingStones will be raffling an IPad and will be offering the following free workshops:

First Day at Work 2:00pm

Resume Writing 3:00pm

Interview Techniques 4:00pm

Workplace Skills 5:00pm

Career Changes 6:00pm

You can sign up online through the Chamber of Commerce website www.caymanchamber.ky

http://caymanislandskycoc.weblinkconnect.com/CWT/External/WCPages/WCEvents/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=463

In 2010, the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals (CISHRP) further developed the training and development opportunities that they offer their members.

The Certificate in Human Resources Management is designed to introduce Human Resource Practitioners to the fundamentals of local employment and immigration laws in the Cayman Islands, as well as the basic theory of Human Resource Management. The program consists of five 1-day courses - Fundamentals of HR Management, Health Insurance 101, Immigration 101, Labour Law 101 and Pensions 101. Experienced practitioners in the field delivered each course sharing their expert knowledge and advice with the class. At the end of each session, participants must pass an exam in order to gain the certificate. 

 SteppingStones is delighted that Lindsey Gordon, Staffing Coordinator, successfully completed the course and was awarded the Certificate in Human Resources Management. “The program was really worthwhile and I would highly recommend it to others.” said Lindsey. “The presentations allow you to hear from the experts who are working on a daily basis within their specific field. They are in the best position to advise on amendments to the law and good practice, and the impact of these changes for practitioners. It was also a fabulous opportunity to hear from colleagues working in the same field but in different organizations, learning from their experiences and recognizing shared challenges.”

Pam Travers from SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd and Paul Drake of Genesis Trust & Corporate Services Ltd presented a cheque for US$8,000 to Meals on Wheels.

Pam and Paul raised the funds through sponsorship from friends and family to complete the Rohto Ironman 70.3 Miami. They both successfully completed the gruelling course comprised of a 1.2 mile swim, followed by a 56 mile bike and then ending with a 13.1 mile run, and were joined in their success by Cayman athletes Caroline Cahill and Dave Bennett.

“At the start of the event I was very nervous,” said Ms Travers, a regular competitor in local triathlons, cycling, swimming and running events. “I think there were just so many competitors and so much to think about that it all felt a bit overwhelming. As soon as I got to the entry point for the swim my nerves left me and I started to focus on what I needed to do. I didn’t want to let myself or my sponsors down and was determined to raise as much as I could for Meals on Wheels. I actually enjoyed the whole experience and I’d definitely do it again.”

“We are delighted to be able to help Meals on Wheels which provides such a vital service in the local community.”

 

Meals on Wheels is a charitable organisation that delivers hot lunches daily to those in need. They have a large number of volunteers both individuals and companies who assist in the delivery of these meals each day.

Steppingstones were delighted to be awarded a plaque from the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce for the third year running. The award recognizes Steppingstone’s contribution and support of the programmes and events of the Chamber.
Over the years SteppingStones has developed a strong relationship with the Chamber. Our team, both internal staff and temps, have actively participated in a numerous events and activities put on by the Chamber of Commerce.  We choose to get involved in activities that either give back to the community, such as the annual Career Expo and the Beach & Road-side clean-up activities and those that are informative for the local business community. This includes our sponsorship and support of the Be Informed programme; a series of free presentations and open forums for local business people, on key topics such as Immigration delivered by the key professionals working in the field and the Business Expo.     
We intend to build on our successful partnership and to continue to be involved in opportunities to be involved with and reach out to, our local community.

The powerful MBTI® assessment tool can help your organisation’s employees:

 
1.Learn how to communicate more effectively by understanding others better;
 
2.Work better with people who act and react differently from themselves;
 
3.Be more effective as individuals both professionally and personally.
 
By using this world renowned tool your employees will learn a model of human behavior types that has many practical implications in the workplace. It will help them understand themselves and how they interact with others and so improve communication, encourage team building and promote leadership development. Time spent on unproductive work due to personality differences will be diminished, as co-workers are able to reach decisions and work together more efficiently and harmoniously.
For example: simply by understanding that one employee prefers time alone to think through new ideas before giving feedback, whilst another thrives on instant interaction and discussion means that a manager or co-worker can plan an appropriate approach to each to get the best work from them. Get it the wrong way round and the employees will be less comfortable, less responsive and more likely to react negatively which will adversely affect their performance.
 
In accordance with MBTI® best practice we are offering:-
 
Individual assessments: Taken on-line, the assessment generates a written report, which is then discussed one on one with our qualified practitioner, Emma Woodhouse, to verify what it means for the individual and how they can benefit from this knowledge.
 
Workshops: Interactive sessions to provide insight into individuals and their interactions with others which can be tailor-made to focus on enhancing communication, working effectively in teams and management and supervisory skills as required by your organisation.

Over the last few months we have been working with Megan Collins on our website, in particular the enhancements of our social networking links. Megan graduated from Newcastle University in June 2010 with an Honours Degree in Business and Marketing, her dissertation which gained the best possible grade, covered as part of its contents the use of social networking media in marketing.

Ciara Aspinall, who has among her many company responsibility oversees the website says, “We were introduced to Megan at exactly the right time. We were looking to update our social networking presence and we really needed someone who understood not only the technical requirements but how to make the best marketing impact.”

Megan is currently living and working in St Andrews in Scotland, but geographical distance proves no problem, working online Megan and Ciara have secured Steppingstones presence on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin, which have really enhanced the website and so the company product as a whole. Ciara went to say “It is a pleasure working with Megan, her professional, positive and ‘can do’ attitude was a perfect fit with our company’s; she has done a great job.”

When asked about what this project meant to her Megan is clearly very enthusiastic. “Since graduating I have been involved in a number of marketing projects in a variety of different industries in the UK. I really enjoyed the challenge of learning about a recruitment company who operate in a different country and then applying my knowledge to help them.”

Megan continues to work with us from Scotland ensuring our presence is monitored and that we get the best possible marketing return but is hoping to get a real feel for the Cayman market next spring when she is planning a visit to the island. “I am so looking forward to getting to Cayman” says Megan. “Not just for the sunshine and the beaches but to meet the SteppingStones team.   They have been great to work with; so positive, professional and friendly and I feel like I know them already.   I can’t wait to meet them face to face”.

It has been Pam’s long term goal to become CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) qualified and in August 2010 Pam successfully passed her final exams.

The CIPD is the UK’s leading professional body for individuals involved in management and development of people. Belonging to this professional body provides access to the latest research, expert advice and resources and also affords valuable opportunities to network with like-minded HR professionals.

Pam studied the course on-line through The Robert Gordon University in Scotland. “Living in the Cayman Islands was not a hindrance in gaining this qualification as all of my studies were completed through Flexible learning.” said Pam. “This option allowed me to study on the Island without having to attend any classroom lectures. It was all was done on-line and through correspondence. I also did not miss out on the support of other students as I was studying alongside other HR professionals globally via regular group internet sessions.  While we did not meet in person, we got to know each other well and it was great to share different perspectives and work as teams on assignments.”   

To learn more about what the CIPD offers, visit their website; www.cipd.co.uk

Pam Travers Assoc CIPD.

As a part of a new initiative that is aiming to address the issue of high unemployment of Caymanians, SteppingStones recently assisted with a resume writing workshop which was organised by the West Bay MLA Office. 

The workshop was held on Tuesday 21st September and we were delighted to assist 25 participants with resume writing.
 
The workshop was well received and we received the following email from Geana Ebanks "On behalf of the participants of the interviewing skills workshops, I’d like to extend heartfelt appreciation for your contributions of time and expertise.  It will be put to good use in better preparing these folks for gainful employment in our community".
 
We are excited to be able to assist and are looking forward to the next workshop which will be held on Tuesday 28th September. 
Young Caymanian, Rita Ebanks, is realizing her dream thanks to a Government scholarship and co-sponsorship from Evolving Island and Steppingstones Recruitment Ltd.
Rita left Cayman in January 2010 to travel New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island, to start her Bachelor’s in Architectural Building, Engineering and Technology. Rita spent 2009 working with Kariba learning all about Architecture and Design from experts in the industry.
“It’s been a dream of mine for so long I can’t remember when I first decided that I wanted to be an Architect”, said Rita. “I studied Technical Drawing at George Hicks High School and loved it. When I went to John Gray High I was able to study Technical Drawing at a more advanced level over two years and, in addition, took a Building Construction course. I knew then what my goal was and l went on to study Construction Technology at UCCI.”
Rita gained the highest GPA in her class, graduating last July, and began working as a summer student with Kariba. “They offered me a great opportunity to gain real experience in the industry and have involved me in a range of projects which has brought my study to life.” said Rita.
“We were very impressed with Rita, who initially came in to our offices seeking summer work”, said Kariba’s Director. “She was an excellent student so we were keen to continue working with her. She showed an eagerness to learn and demonstrated a dedication to developing her skills and knowledge which is highly commendable in such a young person.”
Rita has now successfully completed her first year and has achieved excellent grades. “We are only too pleased to support Rita. She is an outstanding young Caymanian with great potential and we are delighted that she is taking this opportunity to make her dreams a success.”
SteppingStones recently launched our Facebook page and started Twitter. After a long time thinking and discussing the merits of social networking, we decided to step forward with it.
 
We hope that the by using these avenues, it will optimise the number and calibre of candidates that we are able to attract, provide us with an opportunity to gather real time market intelligence and feedback, build our brand image and simply reach a large audience.
 
This has been the hardwork and dedication of our international consultant and we are delighted with the results!

SteppingStones was proud to continue to sponsor the Chamber of Commerce Be Informed Series, held in The Westin on 14th July 2010.

The latest session saw discussions on the proposed National Conservation Law. The audience were provided with information about the proposed law and its impact. Environment minister Mark Scotland talked at the well attended event.

SteppingStones is delighted to continue to support the Chamber of Commerce and keeping the the community in Cayman informed.

Milly Serpell, Managing Director of SteppingStones attended the closing ceremony for Cayman's First Mentoring Porgramme, together with Maurissa Ashby (mentee) and her mum Collette Ashby.

SteppingStones is delighted to be ongoing and active supporters of The Cayman Islands Chamber Of Commerce and recently sponsored the second of their Be Informed series presentations.

The event was held on 26th May 2010 at The Westin Hotel. Mrs. Sherri Bodden-Cowan, Chairman of the Immigration Review Team spoke to a full house and gave an excellent presentation on the team’s key immigration concerns and the resulting proposed directives. Mrs. Bodden-Cowan discussed proposed new immigration reforms regarding the Rollover Policy, the possibility of reducing the break in stay and increasing the length of stay permitted from 7 years to 9 years or longer for work permit holders.

Further information was provided on the proposed Accreditation System which will be rolled out cautiously over a period of time.

Members of the Immigration Review Team were in attendance together with senior immigration officicals; Chief Immigration Officer, Mrs. Linda Evans, Deputy Chief Immigration Officer (Enforcement and Intelligence), Mr.Gary Wong; Deputy Chief Immigration Officer (Border Control), Mr. Bruce Smith; and Director of Boards and Work Permits, Mrs. Sherryl Miller. Members of the public were invited and encouraged to use this excellent opportunity to ask pressing questions on these hot and pressing topics.

SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd extends a warm welcome to the latest addition to their team, Caymanian Theresa Hydes. Theresa joins the team as Administrative Assistant with responsibility for supporting the Recruitment, Immigration and Payroll areas of business.

“Theresa has proven herself to be an excellent addition to our growing team.” said Milly Serpell, Managing Director of SteppingStones . “Theresa came to us looking for help to secure a new position. We were immediately drawn to her warm, friendly manner and enthusiastic approach. We invited her to start work with us on a temporary basis to assist us with some administrative projects.   Very soon we realised that she had the customer service skills and ‘can do’ attitude that we embrace and we were delighted when she accepted a permanent position with us.”
Prior to taking on her new role, Theresa spent five years at St Matthew University working for both the Veterinarian and the Medical School as a Secretary for the Dean of Basic Science. Unfortunately due to the recession and necessary cutbacks, Theresa’s position was cut in February of this year. She took a pro-active approach, contacted SteppingStones and within two weeks has secured employment.
 “I am really so happy to be working at SteppingStones. I met with all the team before I started and I knew that I wanted to join them. The atmosphere in the office was great from the moment I met them. We all get along really well and the people I work with are amazing!” said Theresa.   “I have been learning a lot about recruitment and Immigration and I love the fact that every day at work is different. I enjoy being involved in all the different areas of work meeting all the temporary staff and our clients. I get involved with everything which is something I really like. I can honestly say that I love my job.”

The Cayman Islands Amateur Golf Championships were held over the weekend of 24th and 25th April. There were a number of different competitions for both men and ladies. Emma played in the “net” ladies competition where the golfer’s actual gross score is adjusted according to their handicap so that players of different levels are able to compete. 

For those readers not used to golf and its scoring procedures here is an example. Player A with a handicap of 20 plays the 18 holes in 95 shots. The 20 shots of their handicap are deducted to give a net score of 75.  Player B only takes 90 shots to complete the 18 holes but has a handicap of 14. Their net score would be 76 and thus they would be second.
Emma has a handicap of 18. Her first round score was 87 (net 69). The second day saw her go even lower  with an second round score of  83 (net 65) making her overall winner and beating the field by comprehensive margin of 14 shots!!

SteppingStones was delighted to be a sponsor of the Chamber of Commerce Island Wide Earth Day Road Side & Beach Clean-Up, held on Saturday 17th April 2010.  The twenty strong StepppingStones team made quick work of their clean up, joining over 1,500 volunteers working across the Island.  Although it was an early start, everyone enjoyed themselves and were pleased to have done their bit for the environment.

SteppingStones Recruitment & Training Ltd recently participated in the Careers, Education, Training and Jobs Expo 2010, hosted by The Chamber of Commerce at the Family Life Centre on Walkers Road. SteppingStones has always been an avid supporter of this event and has found it a great way to get out and meet the public and to identify candidates looking for work, career changes and/or progression.

As well as hosting a booth, SteppingStones presented three free seminars. The first interactive workshop concentrated on “Resume Writing” and was delivered by Ciara Neill. The session included valuable advice on how to prepare an effective resume, common mistakes to avoid, preparing cover letters and sending applications electronically.   Participants worked through templates and were given one-to-one advice to assist them in creating their own resumes. This work shop was well attended and very well received.
The second workshop of the day, “Interview Success” was hosted by Lindsey Gordon. This workshop highlighted the importance of preparing well for an interview and gave essential advice on pre-interview research and preparation, how to conduct yourself through an interview and follow up tips. Participants noted that they gained a great deal from the seminar and took away supporting notes. Mr Phil Jackson, President of the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resource Professionals assisted with the interview success seminar and was able to share his considerable experience with participants and help answer individual questions.
The final workshop “Key Steps to Stand Out in a Tightening Job Market” was delivered by Milly Serpell, the Managing Director of SteppingStones. This session provided professional insight and advice on how to enhance work ethics, how to work effectively within different teams and with different personality types, and how to develop an attitude and approach that helps employees stand out in the work place.  This was a new session, particularly relevant in the current economic environment and well received. 
 
SteppingStones was thrilled to be involved with the Careers Expo again this year. “We met some outstanding candidates who we are hoping we can assist with their job search.” said Milly. “SteppingStones has been successfully assisting Caymanians looking to secure employment and/or make career changes for many years. Events like the Expo provide additional opportunities for us to reach out to new job seekers."
Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual Career, Education, Training & Job Expo on Friday, 19th March and Saturday, 20th March at the Family Life Centre on Walkers Road.  SteppingStones will be participating both by having an information booth and also in supporting the Chamber’s focus on workforce development by providing three one hour seminars on the Saturday. Early registration with the Chamber of Commerce is recommended.
First up at 11.00am will be Ciara Aspinall’s Resume Writing Workshop which will deal with both the content and style of a professional resume and how to write a cover letter. Part of the session will involve actually working on the delegate’s own resume, with support from members of the SteppingStones recruitment team. Delegates are invited to bring a resume with them if they have one – if not a template will be provided.
Following on at 12.00noon will be Lindsey Gordon who will be facilitating an interactive session on Interview Skills. During the hour she will look at the whole process from preparation, through attendance at and conduct during the meeting, to following up with the prospective employer after the interview.
Finally at 2.00pm Milly Serpell, Managing Director of SteppingStones, will present an extremely topical seminar on Key Steps to Standing Out in a Tightening Job Market. This workshop is designed to give you advice on how to gain and maintain the competitive edge when seeking or keeping you position in an unpredictable employment market.

Steppingstones is proud to be a major sponsor of this year’s Cayman Arts Festival, running from Friday 5th – Friday 13th February 2010.

The Cayman Arts Festival has grown considerably since it first began 2004. It was the idea of renowned concert  pianists Glen Inanga and Jennifer Micallef.   Mr Inanga, quoted in the Cayman Compass, said “it began as a dream that would sees local and international artists joining together to celebrate artistic creativity and share it with the people of these beautiful islands.”
 
This year’s week-long event will bring together established performers and enthusiastic young musicians and offers unique multi-pianist events in various venues in Cayman. In addition the festival travels to Cayman Brac for an evening performance.
 
Last year Steppingstones sponsored a concert by Mr Glen Inanga as part of a series of Music on the Menu events. “We were thrilled with the response to this concert and when Glen approached us about being involved in this year’s festival, we were quick to get on board.” noted Milly Serpell. “ The programme offers something for everyone. We have had an overwhelming response from our clients  and we are looking forward to some great evenings and great performances.”
SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd and Evolving Island Group of Companies are delighted to welcome Larissa Montoya-Berry to their growing team. Larissa has taken up the position of receptionist and administrative assistant to the four companies Kariba, Livingstone, Charterland and SteppingStones located at the 3rd floor at Fidelity Financial Center.
 
Larissa, a young Caymanian, took up her new position just before Christmas and has been learning the ropes over the past few weeks. “I feel really lucky to have secured this job.” said Larissa. “I really like meeting new people so I enjoy working on the reception desk. The people here are lovely and very supportive. I have been learning a lot about the different types of work that each organisation does. Every day is different. I’m involved in helping with people who are looking for employment and I am learning about the new buildings and developments on island and the management of strata’s. It is a very rewarding job and I am really enjoying it.”
 
“Larissa is enthusiastic, eager to learn and is always smiling and cheerful. This is just what we were looking for in a receptionist, who presents the face of our company.” said Milly Serpell, Managing Director of SteppingStones. “When we met Larissa, we were impressed by her professional approach and dedication, especially in someone so young. She is doing an excellent job especially as she has to juggle the demands of working with four different companies.”
 
Larissa is keen to take advantage of the unique opportunity of working with very different businesses. Her long-term goal is to run a business of her own and in March, she plans to start studying at ICCI, in order to make this dream a reality. 

View images from A Friendly Welcome at SteppingStones!

Members of the SteppingStones in-house and support staff team enjoyed a busy morning on their Water Aide station on West Bay Road, on Sunday 24th January 2010.  This is the third year that SteppingStones has sponsorred a stand at the Cayman Islands Cancer Society STRIDE event, which raises money to support individuals and families affected by cancer.

The volunteers provided much needed water and Gatorade and plenty of cheer to the hundreds of participants walking and running the course.

"SteppingStones was delighted to sponsor a Water Aide station again this year", said Milly Serpell. "We have always had a strong relationship with the Cancer Society and it was great to see such a large turnout today.  Hosting a stand is always good fun and it was nice to see so many of our temporary support staff and clients participating in the event."

For more information about the Cayman Islands Cancer Society, please visit their website at: http://www.caymanislandscancersociety.org.ky/

Pam Travers, one of our Staffing Coordinators was recently voted the 11th fittest woman in Cayman.  Well done!

"Travers is new to triathlon yet she capped a successful year with second place in the Cayman Islands Triathlon Olympic distance and the following weekend completed her first marathon, winning her age group in the process.  She is looking forward to competing this year and her biggest goal will be to complete her first Half Ironman in Florida in October."  The Caymanian Compass.

Pam ran the Cayman Islands marathon for the Hertfordshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre Ltd and raised almost £1,000 in 2 weeks.

View images from The fittest women in Cayman

21st November 2009 saw the return to the North Sound Club of many of the islands best golfers for the annual President’s Trophy competition organised by the Cayman Islands Golf Association.  SteppingStones’ Training professional Emma Woodhouse , the reigning 2008 ladies champion, defended her title bravely .  The standard of competition was high, with a number of very good scores recorded  and she  eventually  missing out on retaining the trophy  by one shot. 

 
Despite being disappointed to have lost she was able to take a couple of positives out of the day :– shooting her lowest ever gross score of 85 and wining a “nearest the pin” prize on the 11th hole – a  notoriously tricky par 3.

The Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Business Expo which is due to take place from 12.00noon to 8.00pm on Friday October 23rd and from 10.00am until 4.00pm on Saturday October 24th, 2009. 

The following caption was received from the Chamber of Commerce:

Have you heard! 5 days till the Expo!  And you have to be there to see what these incredible sponsors have in store for you and only available at the Expo.

Visit Blue Eyes Granite for your opportunity to win a granite countertop.  They will also have a 20% off any orders resulting from the Business Expo.

Make sure to seek out the lovely ladies of SteppingStones Recruitment Ltd., who will be on hand to assist you with your recruitment and development needs.

www.businessexpo.ky

Local Artist, David Bridgeman was commissioned to design and produce some unique art work for the internal reception area of the 3rd Floor Fidelity Financial Center where SteppingStones is located.

View images from Local Artist displays his work in new office.

Premier Designate, Honourable W. McKeeva Bush delivered the opening address at the official opening of the Fidelity Financial Centre on Thursday 15th October.    In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Fidelity honoured one of the country’s National Heroes, Honourable Sybil I. McLaughlin, dedicating its new Banking Hall in her name.

View images from Grand Opening of Fidelity Financial Centre

Throughout 2009, the Cayman Island Society of Human Recource Professional (CISHRP) ran a six part programme of seminars to prepare participants to receive a Certificate in Human Resource Studies awarded by the Society. At the end of each seminar, participants were given an exam which they had to pass at  a rate of at least 70 percent in order to be eligible for the certificate.

The organisers said they were pleased to partner with the Department of Employment Relations, Immigration Department, Health Insurance Commission, and the National Pensions Office in bringing these seminars to a reality.

Phil Jackson, President of CISHRP, said this is part of an overall strategy to enhance the knowledge of its members and non-members who are performing HR functions in their organisations.

The programme was geared towards those entering the HR profession, persons who may be new to the Islands working in an HR capacity, and practitioners who may need a refresher on the various local laws that govern the employer.

“As HR professionals, it is vital that we keep ourselves up to date with local legislation and be in compliance with the law,” the organisation said.

SteppingStones is very pleased to announce that Pam Travers was one of the two CISHRP members that was awarded the Certificate in Human Resources Studies.

SteppingStones, Cayman’s recruitment specialists, flexed their muscles this week as they unveiled a revitalized brand identity and announced their office space expansion, relocating to the new Fidelity Financial Centre on West Bay Road. Despite the cautious culture defining today’s slow market, SteppingStones Director Milly Serpell is focused on business-as-usual to ensure continued progress for the thriving recruitment firm. “We’re successful because we have the discipline to do the right thing at the right time. Our brand needed a facelift, so we refreshed it. We needed a bigger office to accommodate our growth, so we moved. It’s part of our no-nonsense approach and our commitment to quality. In the end, clients benefit and we win.”

BB&P Creative Director Simon Barwick, whose design team created the original and the refreshed brand, says, “Many businesses are out there clinging to their pennies and suddenly demonstrating a flight to quality. But SteppingStones gained their competitive edge on day one when they decided to focus on quality. And they deliver it with grace. Reinvigorating the SteppingStones brand was an important next step for them, and in doing so, they demonstrated not only their spirit, but their ability to anticipate changes in the market", explains Mr. Barwick, adding: “Our design team studied their confident, responsive and candid approach to client service and discovered that these are people you’d really want to do business with. That’s what we captured in the refreshed identity – they’re approachable experts, and, like the new tagline states, they’re ‘your type of people’.”

The refreshed logo and new tagline, “Your type of people”, is stamped across a new suite of press and digital communications, which tell a compelling story of warmth and authority. They display bold and colourful imagery, clean lines and a cheerful, confident energy. The new brand materials will be rolled out in print and online media throughout 2009. The team will be residing in their new office space effective July 1st, 2009. Mr. Barwick adds, “The fact that they actually seized the opportunity to rebrand, relocate and revitalize their business during a recession is commendable.” “We’re thrilled about the beautiful new branding and the great new office space,” says Mrs. Serpell. “And we remain proud of our team’s amazing talent in the art of matching the right candidate with the right employer.”

SteppingStones was excited to be one of the sponsors of the Cayman Squash Open, which ran from May 5th – May 10th 2009.  The competition boasted some of the top male and female competitors ever to compete in the Caribbean. Battling it out in the women’s event was three times World Open Champion Nicol Davis from Malaysia; World No 2. Natalie Grainger, from the USA; World No 4. and current Commonwealth Games gold medallist Natalie Grinham, and five times Caribbean Champion, Marlene West.

The Men’s Invitational event saw Cayman’s four best players: current Caribbean Junior Champion Cameron Stafford; five times national champion Dean Watson; South Sound Squash Club Champion Jake Kelly and Maples Commonwealth Games Squad member Ryan McConvey compete against current Caribbean No.1, Shawn Smith from Barbados; Caribbean No.2, Colin Ramasra from Trinidad and Tobago and Caribbean No.3 and current Caribbean Men’s Champion, Gavin Cumberbatch from Barbados.

“This was an exciting sporting event to be part of”, said Milly Serpell, Managing Director of SteppingStones.  “The Cayman Squash Club did an excellent job in attracting such talented players from across the Globe.  We were drawn to being involved when we heard that our sponsorship would help the Cayman Open in their aim to offer free squash to Cayman’s youth.” 

The 2009 event ran free workshops every day for Cayman school children, offering juniors the opportunity to play against the visiting pros.  In addition, 12 Caymanians were offered squash scholarships, including free squash equipment, free membership and free lessons.  “Opportunities to get young people inspired, involved and learning, whether it is in school, in sport or in any other area of life

SteppingStones was delighted to be a sponsor of the Chamber of Commerce Island Wide Earth Day Road Side & Beach Clean-Up, held on Saturday 25th April 2009.  The twenty strong StepppingStones team made quick work of their clean up, joining over 1,500 volunteers working across the Island.  Although it was an early start, everyone enjoyed themselves and were pleased to have done their bit for the environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In March this year, SteppingStones was proud to be the exclusive event sponsor for "Music on the Menu", a dinner concert with piano by Glen Inanga in support of the Cayman Arts Festival. The aim of the event was to raise funds to continue the fabulous work of the Cayman Arts Festival. The festival brings artists from around the world to perform for and entertain the people of Cayman. One of the main aims of the festival has always been to have a strong emphasis on education. In addition to playing concerts in various schools, visiting artists give children the opportunity to get involved in workshops and to perform alongside the professionals.

In a follow up to this year's Careers Expo, Stepping Stones Recruitment Training and Development Ltd, provided a personalised workshop to a group of young Caymanians.  The workshop was designed to assist participants in resume writing, gain confidence in their ability to prepare for and interview well and have a better understanding of how to get ahead at work.

“The team at SteppingStones has over 25 years of interview and selection experience and has helped hundreds of young people in Cayman to gain employment and move on in their careers”, said Milly Serpell, SteppingStones Managing Director.  “Having talked to young people, we decided to offer a small informal group session in order to provide an environment where participants could feel comfortable about getting involved and get the most out of the different activities.  It worked really well and the feedback from participants was very positive.  They felt that the group size and informal atmosphere was great because they got more one to one attention.  They also said that the individual interview practice was particularly useful.”

“Getting a good start in employment and being competitive in your chosen career is always important and never more so than in today’s society.” said Milly.  “We are delighted to have been able to work with some enthusiastic and motivated young Caymanians, sharing our knowledge and experience and helping to prepare them for the next step in their career.  We have been really encouraged by the response we had to our first session and, having used participants' comments to improve the workshop, we now hope to be able to provide similar support in the future.”

Less than one week after completing a grueling Ironman Triathlon in Zurich, Switzerland, our colleague Pam Travers travelled to England for her next big event...her wedding!

Despite being an ocean away, we here in the office were thrilled to share her joy as she married Steve in a beautiful ceremony in the English countryside.

"It was a great day and wonderful to be surrounded by all of my family and friends.  Best day of my life!" said Pam.

Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Abbott!

On Wednesday, 20th July 2011 SteppingStones was delighted to host a booth at the Department of Children & Family Services STARRS Programme annual Job Fair. STARRS (Support Towards Autonomy Retraining and Self-Sufficiency) was launched by the Department in 2004 to assist people in securing employment. “It is a good way to help our clients to get connected with potential employers and possibly land jobs following their training under the STARSS programme,” said Programme Coordinator Cassandra Parchment.

During the fair we had the opportunity to interview several job seekers. We felt that participating in this job fair was extremely beneficial to both ourselves as well as interested applicants, as it gave us insight to a broad range of job seekers from various backgrounds. 
 
“The mini job fair gave us a chance to get the word out there about what we do here at SteppingStones, and we were able to meet with several motivated candidates that we may not have otherwise gotten a chance to meet with. Out of the candidates that we met, we have already brought half of them back for second stage interviews. The mini job fair gave these candidates hope and was a great first step towards employment.” said Michelle Gibbon, Staffing Coordinator.

Congratulations to our own super-athletic Pam Travers who completed the Ironman Switzerland on Sunday, July 10th with an incredible time of 12 hours 41 minutes!  Pam has regularly competed in marathons and trials and completed a half Ironman in Florida before committing seriously to training for the Ironman Switzerland.

This incredible feat was comprised of a 3.6km swim in beautiful Lake Zurichsee, 180km cycle over such hills called "Beast" and "Heartbreak", followed by a marathon 42.2km run, taking place in beautiful Zurich, Switzerland.

Pam flew to Switzerland the week before in order to relax and get acquainted with the climate and course.   Joining her in the women's division was her friend Caroline.  Pam has kept us all updated and kindly shared the exciting details of the triathlon.

 "The race was very enjoyable, believe it or not," said Pam. "Caroline and I did a warm up swim before the start, so that was good, just to get used to the temperature of the water.  We then stood in what we thought was a good place to be for the swim start, but that didn\'t seem to stop the washing machine effect of all the swimmers, with arms and legs everywhere.  It was not such a great experience, I tried really hard not to panic, I had to stop a few times just to breathe and get my bearings."   

After the swim portion, Pam started the 180km cycle.  "So after the swim, I started the bike section and when I reached the first hill about 28k in, I went to change gear and my spokes on my rear wheel snapped, so it made a loud crunching sound and I wasn\'t sure what it was, but it stopped me moving.  I thought my race was over.  They then called the bike doctor for me and it took them almost an hour to reach me, by that time, so many people had passed me and I felt like I was at the back of the race.  But they very kindly gave me a new wheel and sent me on my way.  I had lost almost an hour, and was on a mission to finish and try and make up some time.  It was hard not to push the bike too hard up the hills knowing what I had to do afterwards.  
 
During the last 10-15k of the bike leg, there was a thunder storm, gusts of wind, thunder, lightening, and rain, lots of rain.  I got very cold very quickly, but just kept going.  By this stage I couldn\'t wait to get off the bike.
 
Then it came to the marathon, we had four loops of the course to do, so instead of thinking of it was a marathon, I just counted the loops, which seemed to help.  Although having to run past the finish line 3 times and hearing people finishing was just soul destroying, especially thinking that I would have been done about an hour earlier if I didn\'t have the bike problem.  I ran the marathon only walking through the aid stations to keep hydrated, but I was pleased with my marathon time, especially having swam and biked before hand."
  
Our supporters were amazing, they were there all day cheering for us. It was a long day for them, standing around in the hot sun, then the wind and rain. They made it so much easier for us.
 
I'm so pleased I did that, and I don't feel too bad today.  I do have some aches and pains, but they will ease soon hopefully."
 
Congratulations again to Pam who has inspired us with her commitment and tenacity with months of intensive training to compete in this gruelling course.  It goes to show that with drive and determination you can overcome setbacks and do anything you set your mind to.  Good luck to Pam with her next big event - her upcoming wedding, 5 days after the Ironman!

Congratulations to Theresa Hydes, who got married last week in Jamaica.  Even though the wedding was held off island, we were able to join in on her special day through the lovely photos and the delicious chocolate rum wedding cake that Theresa so kindly brought back for us.