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National Apprentices attend Soft Skills Training Sessions

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Employment Services Department

#TurksandCaicos, March 9, 2023 – The National Apprenticeship Program which started in September 2021, is currently in its sixth month and currently has six apprentices. This program is designed to give individuals who have graduated with either a bachelors or masters’ degree an opportunity to gain nine to twelve (9-12) months’ work experience within their field.

On February 20th and 21st 2023, the Employment Services Department held a Two-Day Soft Skills training with facilitator Melanie Smith, CEO of Talent Recruitment Group. The Soft- Skills training sessions addressed a few of the skills gap highlighted in the National Skills Audit 2017. The apprentices received training on Complex Problem Solving, Coordinating with others, Critical Thinking, Service Orientation, Active Listening and Communication.

During the training, the apprentices were visited by Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services. Hon. Taylor got an opportunity to gain more insight on the apprentices’ experiences thus far.

The Employment Services Department would like to thank the following enterprises for collaborating with us and channeling our youth in the right direction: TCI Sports Commission, The Government Morgue, Mechanical Services Division, InterHealth Canada and the Department of Social Development and Welfare.

Student Registration for the second phase of the TCI National Internship and Apprenticeship Program is OPEN! The TCINIAP is divided into two programs; the internship which runs for a 4-6 weeks and the apprenticeship for 9 to 12 months.

Register TODAY by clicking the link below!

Intern/Apprentice Registrationhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiNLQUcQrS2d8Jt8_sovVYLC2Sj6668jBAUD9pFJ4cIaXjvg/viewform

Enterprise Registrationhttps://forms.office.com/r/XE6HJ1KBXD

 

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PRECIOUS TREASURES SCHOOL TO REPRESENT THE TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS AT THE REGIONAL FINALS OF NATIONAL TOURISM DEBATE COMPETITION

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Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands 9th July 2024 – The eagerly anticipated Regional Finals of the National Tourism Debate Competition will take place virtually with national champions, Precious Treasures School representing the Turks and Caicos Islands on 12 July, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. The Turks and Caicos Islands team comprises of Team Captain, Ms. Ade Cushnie, Ms.  Kiarah McLean and Mr. Theo Silva, accompanied by their coach Ms. Maurissa Horne. The event will be broadcast live from via the Ministry of Tourism Facebook page from a closed set at the Atrium, Providenciale

The Regional Finals will showcase a captivating debate between Elmore Stoutt High School, British Virgin Islands and representing the government and Precious Treasures School taking the opposition stance. The teams will engage in a thought-provoking debate on the topic, This house believes increasingly devastating superstorms and earthquakes make our number one tourism industry risky business for the Caribbean,” 

The National Tourism Debate Competition has been a collaborative effort led by the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services along with the Ministry of Tourism, with sponsorship from key partner, Experience Turks and Caicos and steadfast support the Edward C. Gartland Youth Center, the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College. The competition aims to foster critical thinking, public speaking skills, and a deeper understanding of the pivotal role of the tourism industry, regionally among the youth.

The Hon. Josephine Connolly, Minister of Tourism, Environment, Fisheries and Marine Affairs, Culture and Heritage, Agriculture and Religious Affairs, expressed her delight in the Turks and Caicos Islands returning to the Regional Finals, stating, “The National Tourism Debate Competition provides a unique opportunity for our youth to explore and analyze critical issues affecting our tourism industry. I am eager to witness Precious Treasures School put forth a creative argument are for Risk Mitigation and wish them all the best.”

The Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education, Youth, Sports and Social Services, also shared her excitement, saying, “Our students’ commitment to ingenuity will be showcased as Precious Treasures School represents the country at this premier youth tourism debate.  I commend the dedication of the parents and coaches, who lend to this effort and wish TEAM TCI all the best of luck as they prepare to bring home the trophy.”

The public is cordially invited to follow the debate via the Ministry of Tourism’s social media platforms, including Facebook, to witness the intellectual prowess and engaging discourse showcased by the talented young debaters.

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Four Chevening Scholarships awarded to Turks and Caicos Islands Scholars for 2024-2025

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Thadine Crossman

The Governor’s Office is pleased to announce that four Scholars from the Turks and Caicos Islands have been awarded Chevening Scholarships to pursue their master’s degrees in the UK for the academic year 2024-2025:

  • Thadine Crossman MSc Occupational Safety, Health and Environment
  • Dodly Prosper MSc Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Royshana Robinson MSc Forensic Toxicology
  • Ashley Williams MSc Project Management

This is the first time the Turks and Caicos Islands will have four Chevening Scholars within the same academic year. It is also commendable to note that Scholar Royshana Robinson is the top-ranking scholar from across the Overseas Territories.

Dodly Prosper

Her Excellency the Governor, Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam, said, “It is with immense pride that I extend my heartfelt congratulations to our four outstanding Scholars on being awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship. With dynamic skills and experiences across environmental protection, forensic science, public health, project delivery and leadership, they are a demonstration of our youth’s passion, vision and commitment to strengthening the future of these Islands. I hope their success as Chevening Scholars inspires others to achieve their full potential and contribute to the collective progress of the Turks and Caicos Islands.”

Royshana Robinson

Chevening Scholarships are awarded to outstanding emerging leaders from all backgrounds and areas of study who can demonstrate that they have the commitment and skills to create positive change in their country. The scholarship offers full financial support for scholars to study for any eligible master’s degree at over 150 UK universities whilst also gaining access to a wide range of exclusive academic, professional and cultural experiences.

The Chevening Awards Scheme is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme, funded by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and partner organisations. The scheme offers scholarship awards to outstanding emerging leaders around the world to study for a master’s degree in the UK. Visit chevening.org/scholarships for detailed information on the eligibility criteria and scholarship specifications.

Ashley Williams

For those interested in becoming a Chevening Scholar, the application cycle for study in the next academic year, 2025-2026, opens on 06 August 2024. Visit www.chevening.org to learn more. #BeChevening

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Ministry of Education and DECR announce Green Flag Awardees

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Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – Schools from across the Turks and Caicos Islands gathered to showcase their environmental initiatives at the ‘Greening Our Schools’ awards and presentation ceremony. Attended by ministries, departments, officers, teachers, students and parents, the event highlighted the innovative and creative projects developed by students to reduce their carbon footprint.

The ‘Greening Our Schools’ initiative is an environmental and conservation program focused on four key pillars: biodiversity, waste management, energy conservation and water conservation. Through this programme, students implemented new initiatives and technologies within their schools to promote sustainability and environmental stewardship.

During the ceremony, 12 of the 17 participating schools were honoured with the Green Flag, an eco-symbol representing a green school. This recognition underscores the schools’ commitment to sustainability and environmental excellence.

Green Flag Awardees:

  • Adelaide Oehmler Primary School
  • Charles Hubert James Primary School
  • Clement Howell High School
  • Eliza Simons Primary School
  • Enid Capron Primary School
  • International School of the TCI
  • Iris Stubbs Primary School
  • Marjorie Basden High School
  • Oseta Jolly Primary School
  • Provo Primary Middle School
  • Raymond Gardiner High School
  • Thelma Lousie Primary School

Primary School Category:

  • Second Runner-Up: Provo Primary (Biodiversity) 
  • First Runner-Up: International School of the Turks and Caicos Islands (Waste Management)
  • Champion School: Enid Capron Primary School (Water Conservation)

Special Prizes:

  • Green Ribbon for the most innovative project
  • $1,000 from the Department of Education
  • $1,000 from Provo Water Company
  • Supplies and  6 months of technical support from EA Landscaping
  • $300 Cash Prize TCI Waste
  • School Supplies (Fortis TCI)

High School Category:

  • Second Runner-Up: Clement Howell High School (Biodiversity)
  • First Runner-Up: Raymond Gardiner High School (Biodiversity)
  • Champion School: Marjorie Basden High School  (Biodiversity)

Special Prizes:

  • Green Ribbon for the most innovative project
  • $1,000 from the Department of Education
  • Supplies and  6 months of technical support from EA Landscaping
  • $300 Cash Prize TCI Waste
  • School Supplies (Fortis TCI)

The Department of Education and the Department of Environment and Coastal Resources (DECR) extend their heartfelt thanks to our sponsors: EA Landscaping, TCI Waste, Provo Water Company, and Fortis TCI, for their invaluable support throughout the programme. This event demonstrated the power of student-driven initiatives in fostering a greener, more sustainable future for the Turks and Caicos Islands. We encourage all schools to continue their efforts and look forward to even more innovative projects in the coming years.

The Minister for Education, Honourable Rachel Taylor speaking to participants stated, “To those schools that were awarded the prestigious Green Flag or Green Ribbon, congratulations on your outstanding efforts. Your commitment to sustainability and your innovative approaches set a powerful example for all of us. Your achievements are a testament to what can be accomplished when we work together toward a common goal. To the schools that were not awarded, I would like to encourage you to take up the task again. You can do this!  The Green Flag is not just a symbol of your hard work but a beacon of hope and inspiration for the entire country.”

The Greening Our Schools initiative will continue, with registration reopening TODAY, Tuesday, 25 June 2024. Schools are reminded that the Green Flag is a prestigious honour that can be revoked if sustainable projects are not maintained during the next assessment period. Schools may use the following link to register their school, they can also contact programme leads Elisann Delancy (edelancy@gov.tc) or Amy Avenant (aavenant@gov.tc) for more information.

Speak to your school’s principal and register TODAY!

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