The Correctional Service of Solomon Islands achieved a major milestone this week with the completion of a training course that will equip staff to assess and evaluate the performance of correctional personnel.

The RAMSI-funded training course, which has been conducted over the past three weeks at the Correctional Service Training Centre in Honiara, was delivered by a team from Australia's Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE.

A RAMSI statement says the first group of 20 correctional staff who completed the course this week are now in a position to undertake core Human Resource functions such as training, assessment and evaluation of other staff.

Previously, these assessments had been conducted by RAMSI advisers.

Participants of the course come from Correctional Services in Honiara, Makira, Malaita and Temotu.

Acting Commissioner of Correctional Services, Heinz Konga said that the training represented a significant milestone in the capacity of the service's relatively new workforce.

The RAMSI statement says the program is the first of what is expected to be a number of capacity-focused training programs delivered at the Correctional Service Training Centre.

RAMSI Development Coordinator, Paul Kelly, praised the work of the Correctional Services Solomon Islands, saying that the training program would deliver long-term benefits to the Solomon Islands correctional system.

Copyright © 2009 SIBC. All Rights Reserved