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Hi, can anyone advise me what are the possibilities of learning a trade/skill in Cyprus, I live in Aiya Napa and currently just sell tickets etc during the spring/summer and make do thereafter which is not really ideal.

I see my future in Cyprus and want to remain there but remain unsure as to what direction I go / I am 24 male willing to work hard and study if applicable

Appreciate any idease please

Thanks very much
 

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Hi, can anyone advise me what are the possibilities of learning a trade/skill in Cyprus, I live in Aiya Napa and currently just sell tickets etc during the spring/summer and make do thereafter which is not really ideal.

I see my future in Cyprus and want to remain there but remain unsure as to what direction I go / I am 24 male willing to work hard and study if applicable

Appreciate any idease please

Thanks very much
Your dilema is a national one, unfortunately. There are limited opportunities in almost every sector of employment, and this limitation is not simply a function of the current economic downturn, but a natural one owing to the inescapable fact that Cyprus has a tiny population. Any island nation only needs so many sheet metal workers, bus drivers, pharmacists or hairdressers. Cyprus also has two other major disadvantages for the unskilled looking for employment or to develop a trade/skill/apprenticeship: 1) the general population is highly educated with the majority of the adult population educated to at least bachelor level (and many to masters) 2) there is a large influx of overseas workers who will be prepared to work for next to nothing.

The Cypriot tourist industry is in the doldrums as it has allowed itself to be held hostage to the big tour operators who have moved on to cheaper locations leaving many hotels bust. The move now is in eco and agro tourism for the more discerning tourist (and probably related to cruise ship and the marina day trippers -hence the massive investments in new marinas arround the island). Mass beach tourism is on the way out. If I were in your position, I would attempt to get qualified in tourism, specialising in something like cruise ship management (courses are currently being developed). You would have to work your way up from the bottom, however and start with a diploma, bachelor and then masters. That isn't going to be cheap, with most courrses averaging out at about 8000Euro per year in Cyprus. Qualifications are slightly cheaper in the UK currently at 3325sterling per year, but accommodation costs will be higher. The UK government has also announced removing the cap on fees, so most UK HEIs will be putting fees up (most commentators agree that the average by 2012 will probably be in the order of 6-7000 sterling per year).

Good luck in whatever you decide to do.
 

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Hi, can anyone advise me what are the possibilities of learning a trade/skill in Cyprus, I live in Aiya Napa and currently just sell tickets etc during the spring/summer and make do thereafter which is not really ideal.

I see my future in Cyprus and want to remain there but remain unsure as to what direction I go / I am 24 male willing to work hard and study if applicable

Appreciate any idease please

Thanks very much
If its of any help a company called My Boat Share, who i think are based in Paralimni, were very recently looking for an apprentice to assist with their boat business and to be trained in boat launching and retrieval, marine mechanical engineering, boat maintenance etc. This was full time not seasonal. Contact No is 23811885.
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If its of any help a company called My Boat Share, who i think are based in Paralimni, were very recently looking for an apprentice to assist with their boat business and to be trained in boat launching and retrieval, marine mechanical engineering, boat maintenance etc. This was full time not seasonal. Contact No is 23811885.
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They are on the road that goes from Protaras to Paralimni. Closer to Protaras.
 

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Your dilema is a national one, unfortunately. There are limited opportunities in almost every sector of employment, and this limitation is not simply a function of the current economic downturn, but a natural one owing to the inescapable fact that Cyprus has a tiny population. Any island nation only needs so many sheet metal workers, bus drivers, pharmacists or hairdressers. Cyprus also has two other major disadvantages for the unskilled looking for employment or to develop a trade/skill/apprenticeship: 1) the general population is highly educated with the majority of the adult population educated to at least bachelor level (and many to masters) 2) there is a large influx of overseas workers who will be prepared to work for next to nothing.

The Cypriot tourist industry is in the doldrums as it has allowed itself to be held hostage to the big tour operators who have moved on to cheaper locations leaving many hotels bust. The move now is in eco and agro tourism for the more discerning tourist (and probably related to cruise ship and the marina day trippers -hence the massive investments in new marinas arround the island). Mass beach tourism is on the way out. If I were in your position, I would attempt to get qualified in tourism, specialising in something like cruise ship management (courses are currently being developed). You would have to work your way up from the bottom, however and start with a diploma, bachelor and then masters. That isn't going to be cheap, with most courrses averaging out at about 8000Euro per year in Cyprus. Qualifications are slightly cheaper in the UK currently at 3325sterling per year, but accommodation costs will be higher. The UK government has also announced removing the cap on fees, so most UK HEIs will be putting fees up (most commentators agree that the average by 2012 will probably be in the order of 6-7000 sterling per year).

Good luck in whatever you decide to do.
Your information/advice much appreciated, thank you for the detailed response
 
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