Pana­pasa: Cor­rec­tions gen­er­ated $500K in re­mit­tances last year

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The Fiji Cor­rec­tions Ser­vice (FCS) gen­er­ated about $500,000 in re­mit­tances last year, says Di­rec­tor Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Salote Pana­pasa.

She said the money was from the small busi­ness units within the cor­rec­tions cen­tres.

FCS has a num­ber of busi­ness ven­tures which train and en­gage in­mates in such busi­nesses as op­er­at­ing a join­ery, a bak­ery, a tai­lor­ing busi­ness and com­mer­cial farm­ing. There are cur­rently 2408 in­mates in the care of FCS across the 17 cor­rec­tions cen­tres.

“The ob­jec­tive of these small busi­ness units is to pro­vide up­skilling pro­grammes for in­mates, and we also en­cour­age them to use these skills when they’re re­leased into the com­mu­ni­ties,” SSP Pana­pasa said.

“We were able to iden­tify some busi­ness stake­hold­ers who have the same busi­ness rel­e­vant to the skills that they have in the field.

“Be­fore we re­lease them into the com­mu­nity, we visit these stake­hold­ers and give them aware­ness about the pro­gramme that we are do­ing.”

She said through their part­ner­ships with the busi­ness com­mu­nity a few in­mates were cur­rently em­ployed at a prom­i­nent bak­ery in one of the sub­urbs.

Talks are now un­der­way with Aus­tralia Pa­cific Train­ing Coali­tion (APTC) to pro­vide cer­ti­fied train­ing to in­mates in or­der for them to gain qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

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