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Labour Department Apprenticeship Program Launched, over 100 regisiter



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, June 24, 2022 – Just over 100 of the 180 tertiary students in the Turks and Caicos are already registered for the government’s new apprenticeship and internship program. The program was officially launched on Tuesday, June 21st but applications have been coming in for some time.

Minister of Education Rachel Taylor described the program as “a strategic mechanism to bridge the gaps, to empower our youth, to transform lives and achieve human capital development goals.”

Taylor referenced the National Skills Audit noting that youth were sometimes blocked from employment opportunities because they lacked experience and the program aimed to fix that.

The program will work in two parts providing 6-week internships for students in college and flexible 1-month to 9-month long apprenticeships for graduates leaving or out of college.

Labour Commissioner Edwin Taylor broke down the program and explained the main aims.

“There was a set of information that students gave to us which was troubling. A lot of students indicated that after completing university they didn’t plan to stay in the Turks and Caicos; a lot of them indicated they didn’t see opportunities for them. This program is not just to give them skills but to give them hope and to prove to them that there is a place for them here in the Turks and Caicos.”

The Government thus hopes to use the program to,  “Bridge the gap between employment and the education field. The program is geared towards giving them real-life experience in their field of study with a reputable institution in the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

The program is for all students whether they are studying in the TCI or overseas and will carry compensation for all participants, where companies lack the funds to compensate students the government will step in and cover the cost. Apart from experience, the idea is to connect students with employers so they know of companies that can use their skills when they graduate.

He explained that the program will be mutually beneficial for both students and employers and they will have guidelines to make sure both are getting the maximum benefit from the program.

“Companies will be obligated to pair them with a mentor who can monitor them and provide them with full rules of engagement and guidelines and descriptions of the jobs,” Commissioner Taylor said.

Students will also spend two hours a week learning the soft skills most desired by overseas companies including active listening, Critical thinking, customer service training, people management, emotional intelligence, and workplace protocol.

There were several success stories shared in the meeting. TCI Islander and UK-certified Lawyer Arnelle Taylor explained how internships had prepared her for work.

“There were many practical and pragmatic benefits to participating in internships while pursuing my tertiary education. They allowed me to supplement the theory of what was learned in the classroom into real work-life practice.” She said.

Minister of Physical Planning and Infrastructure Development Akierra Missick praised the program saying she was well aware of the acute lack of technical workers including engineers, road developers, land-use planners, etc. in her industry.

Director of Youth in the Department of Youth Jasmine Thomas explained that the internship would help to create the 21st century youth noting that they were fully on board with the program.

“The national youth policy speaks to enhancing social capital and enhancing the resilience of young people through intellectual capital in order to provide sustainable employment thus creating the 21st century youth to contribute to national development.”

To augment this program a Labour Market Information System will be developed in the latter part of the year to provide real time information for companies. Commissioner Taylor explained that students would have a passport-like document showing all of their work experience.

“We want to start a passport program where an individual will be able to carry around their resume showing every time, they attend any of these internships that you as partners in this initiative would be able to have direct access to through that Labour Market Information System.” He told business

Minister Taylor chimed in, “Your information will be presented to us in real time so that through our succession planning we will be able to ensure that our people with the right skill sets are placed in the right jobs.” She explained that a TCI delegation would be soon traveling to the Cayman Islands to observe their own system to advise implementation in the TCI

Minister Taylor was particularly grateful to the companies who had made themselves available for internships.

“The excitement that I get from the companies is so rewarding and so encouraging. I want to thank each and every one of you, you are our partners who are going to assist us in reaching each and every one of our goals.” She said.

The launch was attended by Premier Washington Misick, Deputy Premier E. Jay. Saunders, Minister of PPID Akeirra Missick, and representatives from companies across the TCI.

The deadline for more applications is Friday, June 24th and the actual internships will begin by early July.

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13th Annual Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament (WCGFT) Check Presentation Ceremony – 5th April, 2023



#TurksandCaicos, April 10, 2024 – We are proud to announce that this year’s proceeds from the 13th WCGFT were presented to 3 youth-oriented organizations: Edward Gartland Youth Centre, TCI Amateur Athletic Association (TCIAAA) and TCI Swimming Federation (TCISF).

The Edward Gartland Youth Centre is a non-profit organization providing a space of learning for the youth of Providenciales with activities ranging from tutoring to sports and recreation, arts and craft and so much more.

TCIAAA and TCISF just represented the Turks & Caicos Islands in the CARIFTA Games in Grenada, 2024. We are proud of their achievements and happy that we could help in time.

The Charities were presented cheques totaling $70,000:

Edward Gartland Youth Centre:          $35,000

TCIAAA:                                            $20,000

TCISF:                                                $15,000

This brings the total donated by the WCGFT and its Sponsors to $530,000. We look forward to giving even more next year.

This concludes this year’s 13th WCGFT Event and Cheque Presentation. We would like to thank our sponsors and organizers who were key in our efforts to give back to the youth of the TCI Community.

We look forward with great anticipation to next year’s event.

Thank you all.


CONTACT: Desmond Williams,, Wine Cellar Golf & Fishing Tournament

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Provo Water Company Boosts Water Distribution Infrastructure in Providenciales with Key Improvement Initiatives



PROVIDENCIALES, TCI, APRIL 9, 2024: Provo Water Company (PWC) remains steadfast in its commitment to enhancing the water distribution network in Providenciales by making significant progress on various improvement projects while innovatively addressing short-term distribution challenges.

The company is currently working on two projects to enhance water distribution on Providenciales. The first project will see the installation of a new city water transmission main line from the TCWC Production Plant along June Plum, Gardenia Way, Kakeka Streets, and Garden Loop to the Leeward Highway, extending from the Long Bay Hills Drive junction to the roundabout near Crackpot Kitchen. This pipeline upgrade will provide increased water supply to the network and is expected to be completed by the end of May 2024, enhancing water reliability and ensuring better service for the community.

The second project, which is set to be completed by the end of September 2024, will focus on upgrading the fittings at major water junctions along the Leeward Highway. These improvements to the water supply network’s central artery will increase water flow to the Suzie Turn Reservoir, and enhance water availability and quality for customers located west of Turtle Cove.

These projects not only tackle the current water distribution issues causing nightly restrictions but are also essential components of PWC’s long-term strategy to support the island’s population growth and flourishing tourism industry. In the immediate term, the organization has resourcefully repurposed a newly built water tank located in the Industrial Park area. Originally designated for a future project, the water company has utilized the new tank as an additional source to replenish the Suzie Turn Reservoir, addressing the water supply issues that began in March.

In response to the new development, Managing Director Robert Hall stated, “We are pleased to have found a way to utilize this water tank as a temporary aid in addressing the high-water demand. The activation of this tank reaffirms our commitment to fulfilling the water requirements of our community in response to the growing demands of our customers and stakeholders.”

Situated in the heart of the Industrial Park area, the new tank boasts a capacity of 1.5 million gallons. This tank will work hand in hand with the Suzie Turn Reservoir to meet the water supply needs in the northern and southwestern areas of Providenciales, bridging the gap until ongoing projects deliver a lasting solution.

Once the two current projects have been completed, the new water tank will serve a critical role in a future project and in safeguarding Providenciales with an emergency water supply during crises like hurricanes and other natural disasters.

“This water system investment speaks volumes about our proactive approach to directly addressing water challenges. Through expanding storage capacity and optimizing distribution efficiency, we are well-positioned to deliver reliable, high-quality water services to our customers,” Hall said.

He also added that, amid these efforts, advocating for water conservation practices is crucial. Small actions, such as fixing leaks, using water-efficient fixtures, and practicing mindful water consumption, can play a significant role in safeguarding our valuable water resources.

In addition to these initiatives, the organization will continue to optimize and promote its robust educational campaigns and community engagement programs aimed at raising awareness about water conservation and the importance of sustainable water practices. By empowering individuals with knowledge and tools to make informed choices about water usage, Provo Water Company aims to foster a culture of responsible water stewardship that benefits both the environment and future generations.

“As we move forward, we remain committed to serving our community and look forward to the positive impact that these new initiatives will bring to this island.” Hall concluded.

For additional details about Provo Water Company and its water efficiency and conservation initiatives, visit its website, and social media pages at @ProvoWaterCompany for tips and announcements, or contact our customer service team at


Pic: Provo Water Company’s Managing Director, Robert Hall, and team working to expand water storage capacity to optimize distribution efficiency.

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Saxons Brass Section Thanks CWCO for Continued Commitment



NASSAU, BAHAMAS (April 9th, 2024) Behind the vibrant costumes and electrifying beats of Junkanoo parades are committed members, mentors, and supporters such as Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO). In a heartfelt acknowledgment of years of generous support, the Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited the water supplier to present a plaque of appreciation.

Jeremy Adderley, speaking on behalf of High Voltage Brass, said, “Without CWCO’s support, we would not have had the brass costumes needed to compete and secure our two-straight victory. Their support also helps us as we plan lessons for our young members to enhance their musicianship skills, not just for Junkanoo but for college and beyond.”

Adderley highlighted that the plaque is a token of High Voltage Brass’ immense gratitude for CWCO helping the Saxons Superstars keep culture alive and for being a steadfast partner in developing future leaders.

He added, “Every year, it is a struggle to make it to Bay Street. Many of our members are eager to participate, despite their circumstances, and every year our group continues to grow. Thanks to CWCO’s generosity, we look forward to continuing to grow and succeed alongside their great team and establishment.”

Henderson Cash, CWCO’s General Manager, said, “Receiving this plaque from the Saxons Superstars is a profound honor for us at CWCO. It symbolizes the strong relationship we’ve built over the years, rooted in mutual respect and a shared commitment to preserving Bahamian heritage.

“Our support for the Saxons Superstars’ brass section is emblematic of our broader mission to invest in our community’s vibrancy and the potential of its young people. We are deeply committed to continuing this support and fostering the traditions that make our culture so unique.”


Photo Caption: The Saxons Superstars’ brass section, High Voltage Brass, recently visited Consolidated Water (Bahamas) Ltd. (CWCO) to present a plaque of appreciation.

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