Turks and Caicos Government appoints new Labour Commissioner

#TurksandCaicos, November 15, 2017 – Providenciales – The Turks and Caicos Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Edwin Taylor as the new Labour Commissioner within the Ministry of Border Control and Employment Services.

Mr. Taylor who officially took up employment on Monday November 6th, 2017, holds a Bachelor of Science and Arts Degree in Management with a concentration in Human Resource Management from the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Florida and a number of professional certifications from the London School of Government, Florida International University and RIPA International in Human Resource, Leadership and Project Management.

Having previously served as a Human Resource Officer with the Turks and Caicos Government from 2006 to 2010, as a Senior Human Resource Officer with Fortis TCI from 2010  to 2012 and as a Human Resource Manager with interHealth Canad TCI from 2012 to 2017, Mr. Taylor has an extensive background in Human Resource Management and employment matters.

Commenting on the appointment, Her Excellency, Deputy Governor, Anya Williams said; “I am pleased to welcome Mr. Edwin Taylor back to the Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Service and to congratulate him on his new appointment.

“As a part of our efforts to continue to improve service delivery across government, key focus was placed on the restructuring of the Ministry of Border Control, in particular the Employment Services and Immigration Departments which le to both Director positions being restructured and re-advertised to fall in line with the new propose mandate of the department.

“As this role is vital to the proper functioning of the labour market and wider economy, we are confident that Mr. Taylor’s professional background and experience will be an asset and will help to continue on with the improvements that we have already seen in the department through the stewardship of Deputy Commissioner – Mr. Alpheus Smith, Customer Service Manager – Mr. Emilio Seymour, Assistant Manager – Chrishanda Hall and other staff.”

Also commenting on the appointment, Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Border Control and Employment Services, Hon. Sean R. Astwood said; “I welcome the appointment of Mr. Taylor as the Commissioner of Labour within my ministry.  His role is a very critical one that will steer the department towards the full realization of the vision of the Government, that is, an efficient mechanism of regulation and support for a migrant labour force while maximizing and promoting the employability of Turks and Caicos Islanders.

“This is a very demanding position, but with Mr. Taylor’s enthusiasm and wealth of experience, I am certain that he will be successful.  I would like to commend the work of the Deputy Commissioner – Mr. Alpheus Smith, who has done a tremendous job of bringing about the improvement already visible within the department.  I believe that together, Mr. Taylor and Mr. Smith will be a formidable force and I am looking forward to great accomplishments from this team.”

Mr. Edwin Taylor commenting on the appointment and his expectation for the role added; “It is with great pride and humility that I have accepted the position of commissioner of labour.  I thank God for the opportunity to serve my country in this capacity, and look forward to working with everyone in the Ministry of Border Control and Labour, as well as the employment services team in carrying out our mandate.

“I am excited about the proposed changes the Permanent Secretary has brought to my attention in regards to the future plans for the department, and I am honored to be given the chance to contribute and play a major role in bringing about these changes.

“Initially, I plan to focus on ensuring that timelines for the processes are being met and that communication lines are always open to provide clients with updates tot he service they are accessing through the Employment Services Department.  We also plan to focus on ensuring that companies are following the proper procedures and protocols with regards to employee relations.  I would endeavor to educate everyone living and residing in the TCI on their rights and understand the role we play to ensure that those rights are not being violated.”

Press Release: TCIG





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