The Correctional Service of Solomon Islands (CSSI) Commissioner Gabriel Manelusi and his delegation has paid a courtesy call to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration (MCILI) on Tuesday 24 May 2022, following their invitation.
The preliminary discussion was focused mainly on how to give a second chance education to inmates while they serve their sentence behind bars.
According to this discussions, both agencies has agreed for the National Trade Test Training and Certification (NTTTC) under the MCILI, Labour Division will be rolling out after the signing of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the Ministry of Commerce Industry, Labour and Immigration (MCILI) and Correctional Service Solomon Islands (CSSI).
Both agencies will be working in partnership and collaboration in ensuring this formalities and mechanisms builds a foundation that paves a way forward in rehabilitation, regeneration and reintegration of correctional inmates.
NTTTC staff will be working on the details to facilitate the trade test trainings & certifications to the inmates to upgrade and promote the general standards of tradesman ship through skills dissemination, certification and accreditation in the country, to assess every trade’s personals according to the degree of proficiency achieved in their trade tests, to motivate and courage trade’s personals develop their skills and knowledge through continuous training and to provide successful tradesman with Nationally/Regionally recognized trade certificate.
This will create opportunities for inmates to learn a trade or skill and upgrade themselves through the approved levels of testing and certification and to establish and maintain a strong tripartite relationship between industries, training institutions and government.
Commissioner Manelusi acknowledge the Labour Division Assistant Commissioner and his Team for their invitation to discuss the high need in identifying a way forward to project the training for the re-offending inmates.
Assistant Commissioner Labour Mr. John Tahiapa assured his colleague CSSI Commissioner Manelusi that the Ministry are happy to support and work together with CSSI to support inmates because when they release from jail they will help and contribute to addressing Solomon Islands human resources development needs.