#TurksandCaicos, September 15, 2023 – Five (5) inmates and nine (9) Correctional Officers at His Majesty’s Prison have successfully obtained internationally recognised certifications through the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) Community College’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) PLAR programme. This represents 100% passes in the skill areas of Customer Service and Commercial Food Preparation. The individuals are now eligible to receive their Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) Level 1 certificates during the upcoming College Graduation exercise. This historic accomplishment marks a significant milestone in the rehabilitation and skills development of incarcerated individuals and capacity building for correctional officers within the Turks and Caicos Islands penal system.
A tri-partite partnership, signed on 17 November 2022, officially brought together the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, His Majesty’s Prison (formerly the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation), and the HJ Robinson High School. Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the entities joined forces to deliver high-quality technical vocational education and training to inmates and officers in recognition of the pivotal role training and skills development plays in the rehabilitation process.
The MOU signing was witnessed by several government ministers, including Hon. Rachel Taylor, Hon. Josephine Connolly, Hon. Otis Morris, Hon. Arlington Musgrove, and Hon. Shaun Malcolm. Senior government and education officials were also present to witness the historic event signaling their intent and commitment to the programme.
Training for this cohort commenced in August 2022 and they sat the PLAR Challenge Exam in February 2023. Aspects of the examinations were proctored virtually and formed the basis for the College to utilise technology to deliver training and assessment to this unique cohort. This intervention provided the benchmark for the TCICC’s success, which earned the team first place in the Blended Challenge at the recently concluded International Conference of TVET within the Caribbean.
“A TVET system is only as strong as the institution that provides the education and training. The tripartite approach to this initiative will indeed provide the relevant rehabilitation for our inmates that will allow them to transition into the labour force and live healthy and productive lives. I look forward to our team providing certification in other areas as the programme progresses. Once again, congratulations to all wardens and inmates and I encourage you to continue to capitalise from the opportunities that presents itself,” expressed Hon. Rachel Taylor, Minister of Education.
Hon. Otis Morris, Minister for Home Affairs, Transportation, Broadcasting, Energy and Utilities and Telecommunications Commission, joined in congratulating the trainees on completing this milestone, he continued by stating, “This is a significant achievement that reflects your dedication, hard work, and commitment to your education and career development. As you move forward in your journey, remember that the skills and knowledge you’ve acquired during this program will be invaluable in your chosen field. Your determination has brought you to this milestone, and I have no doubt that you’ll continue to excel in your future endeavours. Best wishes for a bright and successful career ahead! As the minister responsible for the DCR I’m elated to have supported this programme and look forward to it’s continuous success.”
The success of the TVET programme at His Majesty’s Prison depends heavily on the collective efforts of all stakeholders. Dr. Candice Williams, President of TCI Community College, urged employers to value the certifications earned by inmates by offering employment opportunities to those who’ve completed their certifications. This supports rehabilitation and fosters a more productive workforce for our community.
Mr. Michael Woodbine, Superintendent of Prisons and Director of Rehabilitation lauded the programme by stating, “Working with a widely recognised partner such as TVET really does enable us to support prisoners in their rehabilitation, training and work experience. Gaining high-quality recognised qualifications, and being able to demonstrate and practice those skills in the prison really does help people to prepare for their release. This first programme, which saw staff and prisoners achieving together, is just the start and we will work with TVET to broaden our offer of skilled and meaningful training, helping and supporting people who leave the prison in gaining meaningful work as they return to being productive members of our communities.”
Mr. Kevin Baxter, TVET Dean, highlighted the significant growth and impact the TVET programme has experienced and emphasised the programme’s continued dedication to its partnership with His Majesty’s Prison and the secondary school system. He stated, “TVET’s expansion underscores the importance of equipping inmates with workforce-ready skills and competence thereby fostering a seamless transition into society after incarceration”.
The TCI Community College’s TVET programme has proven to be a beacon of hope, offering incarcerated individuals a path towards personal growth, rehabilitation, and a brighter future. As the partnership continues to flourish and additional skill areas are included, it is anticipated that additional inmates and correctional officers will benefit from this transformative initiative.
New Turks & Caicos Islands Police Force Commissioner announced by Governor
Her Excellency The Governor has today announced Mr. Edvin Martin as the next Commissioner of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF). The appointment follows a rigorous open recruitment campaign that included a stakeholder the panel, a separate community panel, and consultation with the Hon. Premier Charles Washington Misick.
Commenting on the appointment, the Governor said: “Following a competitive recruitment process, I have appointed Mr. Edvin Martin as the next Commissioner of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force. Mr. Martin brings a strong set of leadership skills and regional operational experience, having led the Royal Grenada Police Force. With a distinguished career and commitment to public safety, I am confident that Mr. Martin will lead our force with integrity, innovation, and a firm focus on building trust with communities across our islands. I would like to thank Commissioner Trevor Botting for his dedicated service to the people of the Turks and Caicos Islands over the last six years.”
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Martin said: “It is with excitement, I accept this prestigious position to lead the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF) as its Commissioner of Police. I look forward with optimism to leading the men and women of the RTCIPF in confronting the law enforcement challenges and applying practical, proactive strategies to ensure the safety and security of all citizens and visitors to the shores of Turks and Caicos Islands. I am honoured to take forward this tremendous opportunity to serve the people of this beautiful nation by leading the police force into an era of modern policing. I am fully aware of the dynamic, complex, diverse, and multi-dimensional nature of the local and global criminogenic environment. This era demands a police force that must ensure safety and security by working collaboratively with colleague officers, and stakeholders to ensure that communities are free of the fear of crime. Be assured, I am committed to
delivering on this intention.”
Mr. Martin was, until June 2023, the Chief of Police of the Royal Grenada Police Force. He served in that role for five years and in the police force for 37 years. He is currently serving as the lead of the CARICOM Crime Gun Intelligence Unit as part of the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security. He is a former President of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police and obtained an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Durham University in 2016, where he studied under the UK Chevening Scholarship program.
Mr. Martin will take up his post at the beginning of February 2024.
Invest Turks and Caicos’ Business Support Unit Partners with RBC (Royal Bank) Bahamas Ltd. and CIBC FirstCaribbean to host Financial Literacy for MSMEs Training
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands, December 5th, 2023 – Invest Turks and Caicos’ Business Support Unit, in conjunction with partners RBC (Royal Bank) Bahamas Ltd. and CIBC FirstCaribbean, successfully conducted a comprehensive Financial Literacy for MSMEs Training at the Blue Haven Resort on November 28th, 2023. This initiative aimed to empower business owners with essential insights into financial statements, the significance of meticulous recordkeeping, and the specific requirements outlined by leading banks for prospective commercial clients. Attended by fifteen participants comprising both established business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, the session proved to be a pivotal learning experience.
Ms. Shanice Williams, the proprietor of LLS Consulting, expressed her appreciation, stating, “I extend my gratitude for putting together an exceptional training session. The presenters delivered a wealth of well-digested information that has proven highly valuable for me and my recently established business. I’m delighted to have been part of this and eagerly anticipate future sessions.”
Mrs. Nancy Missick-Rolle, CEO of Executive Tours, shared her positive experience, “I found the training very beneficial for improving my financial literacy. The presenters were well-versed and articulate in their delivery, making the material relatable and extremely practical. The BSU did an excellent job managing the event and advising the group of the programs and services available for assistance.”
Ms. Shanice Swann, Interim Branch, and Country Manager at RBC (Royal Bank) Bahamas Ltd. expressed her pleasure in facilitating the training seminar. She stated, “It was a pleasure to facilitate a training seminar on the topic of financial statements in conjunction with the Business Support Unit at Invest TCI. This session was an enriching experience that entailed engaging with vibrant small and medium-sized businesses within the islands and cherishing their invaluable feedback on the topic. A popular quote that sticks with me is, ‘Success is not always about greatness, but it is contingent on consistency.’ The participation of business owners in seminars like these solidifies their unwavering dedication to sculpting a consistent path toward success.”
Curley Been, Manager, Business Banking, CIBC FirstCaribbean, stated, “Participating in the Financial Literacy for MSMEs on November 28th, 2023, was truly enjoyable. In our dynamic economy, there are more opportunities than ever for individuals to become business owners and contribute to TCI’s growth. Understanding how to navigate this entrepreneurial journey, secure financing, and achieve growth is crucial for business success. As a representative of CIBC FirstCaribbean, I felt honored to present on the topic of ‘Making Your Business Bankable’ for both existing self-employed individuals and upcoming new business owners. We trust that the insights shared were beneficial to all attendees and eagerly anticipate future collaborations with InvestTCI on upcoming events.”
Mrs. Anissa Adderley, Director of the Business Support Unit, underscored the significance of partnerships between financial institutions and MSMEs. She stated, “The importance of partnerships between financial institutions and MSMEs cannot be underestimated. We are delighted to have partnered with RBC and CIBC FirstCaribbean to provide our MSMEs with this informative, interactive, and impactful training that will benefit their businesses and help them make more informed business decisions. MSMEs must prioritize financial education to allow them to reap the maximum benefits for both their businesses and the wider economy. MSMEs are the lifeline of our economy, and ensuring that they are resilient and sustainable is our core objective.”
The BSU invites business owners to take advantage of its face-to-face and e-learning training programs. The training is offered free of charge, and the information provided is vital to ensuring the success of their businesses. For further details, please contact the BSU at (649) 338-4787 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Combined Team of Ministry of Health and TCI Hospital personnel attend United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Workshop in Anguilla.
#TurksandCaicos, December 10, 2023 – A combined team of Ministry of Health and Human Services (MoHHS) and TCI Hospital personnel recently represented the Turks and Caicos Islands at a three-day UKHSA AMS Workshop, which was held in Anguilla between November 29th and December 1st, 2023. The team included Mrs. Winsome Hayles-Parker – Lead Medical Technologist in Microbiology, TCI Hospital, Mr. Andre Morgan – National Pharmacist, MoHHS and Ms. Arlene Siebs – Director of the National Public Health Laboratory, MoHHS. The workshop was well attended by physicians, pharmacists and laboratory personnel who hailed from the United Kingdom, St. Helena, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman and Montserrat.
The workshop involved both laboratory and non-laboratory sessions. The laboratory sessions were practical sessions that were geared toward the diagnostic technologies used by the various UKOTs in the detection of antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) pathogens and the use of BioFire in diagnostics. Most territories are now equipped with the BioFire Assay Technology, which forms part of the laboratory setup for molecular resistance markers.
The non-laboratory sessions included parallel professional development sessions on topics including AMS, the use of the MicroGuide antibiotic prescribing App, antibiotic surveillance, situational analysis of AMS in the UKOTs and AMS accreditation. Importantly, the attendees were able to discuss case presentations on clinical management and infection prevention and control.
In providing comments, Ms. Siebs stated, “Medical Laboratory Scientists must continue to improve their skills and competency as we work together in combatting AMR through laboratory services. I was thrilled at having the opportunity to compare disc susceptibility testing with automated analysers for the detection of antimicrobial resistance in microorganisms.”
Mrs. Hayles-Parker believes that “the information gathered will be of value in helping us in the TCI to uphold the standards on AMS and in the long term with the fight against AMR. As we move forward as change agents, we are better able to assist with safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the people of the TCI.”
Mr. Morgan concluded that “the three-day workshop was a major success and I am excited to utilise the information acquired in strengthening the TCI’s National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance, which will, in turn, develop and strengthen antimicrobial stewardship in the Turks and Caicos Islands. I hope that these advances will continue to safeguard against this emerging AMR global threat by implementing strategies that will ensure sustainable pharmaceutical care for the present and future.”
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