WYCCF representative Michel Soons, representative of the NIPA board Peggy-Ann Dros-Richardson and NIPA interim Director Joseph Rogers with the signed MOU.
ST. JOHNS–The boards of the National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA) and the White and Yellow Cross Care Foundation (WYCCF) on Thursday, August 10, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify their existing relationship. The signing ceremony was held at the WYCCF in St. John’s Estate and was hailed as an important step in the continuous development of the local labour force. WYCCF has been offering internship placement to students of NIPA’s nursing programmes (both practical and registered nursing), since NIPA opened its doors several years ago.
“A strong proponent of having a local nursing school, the opening of NIPA was very much welcomed by the WYCCF and right away their cooperation in placing students started. With 90 per cent of their workforce consisting of local employees, the WYCCF places great emphasis on continuous and professional learning and NIPA offers just that,” it was stated in a press release on Monday.
As the WYCCF also cares for many clients with an intellectual disability, the start up of the Social Pedagogic Worker (SPW) programme was very much welcomed, the release said. The Sister Basilia Center of the WYCCF is in need of employees with such a diploma and qualifications and therefore the internship programme was expanded by placing these students as well in the organisation.
Current employees of the WYCCF in need of a SPW diploma will in the future also enrol in evening classes at NIPA to equip them with the latest knowledge and skills.
Earlier this year the board of NIPA reached out to WYCCF management and proposed to formalise the relationship via an MOU. “This ensures that the collaboration will be ongoing and structures the areas of partnership. It also creates the platform to start working together for the benefit of the Hospitality and Culinary Arts students, as WYCCF has a large kitchen and students would be very much welcome there, the release said.
The NIPA board expressed its gratitude to WYCCF for its trust and confidence given since the opening of the institute. “Creating strong partnerships with community based organisations and foundations is a focus point for the NIPA board, ensuring high quality internships that will result in employment for students after obtaining their diploma,” the release concluded.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/68538-nipa-wyccf-solidify-relationship-with-mou