Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute is Granted Full Approval as a City & Guilds Learning Centre

The Bermuda Hospitals Board is pleased to announce that the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MWI) received full approval today to be a City & Guilds Centre of Learning.

The process toward approval began in January of this year, after a visit from Ms. Hakima Fosdike, Regional Director for City & Guilds in the United Kingdom. As the leading body in the U.K. to offer vocational qualifications, City & Guilds is recognized as the benchmark for workplace skills. Ms. Fosdike worked with Mr. Michael Murray, Programme Manager for Learning Disability at MWI, to set up the Centre of Learning.

This week, Ms. Jill Schemilt, External Verifier for City & Guilds, returned to Bermuda to monitor and evaluate progress. Full status approval was granted, allowing MWI to register and certify staff members undertaking this qualification.

“Centre approval is a testament to the hard work and enthusiasm of the centre manager, Mr. Michael Murray, as well as the examination secretary, assessors, verifiers and not least, those enrolled in courses,” noted Ms. Schemilt.

Many staff members have completed nearly half the assessments and all are expected to complete their external examination in June 2006. They will then be the first in Bermuda to hold a qualification to work with people who have learning disabilities.

“We are delighted to have been given status as a Centre of Learning,” states Mrs. Patrice Dill, Director or MWI. “Approval will benefit staff and clients, as we continue to promote the well-being and independence of this population in Bermuda,” she adds.

The aim of The Learning Disability Programme is to enable clients to live as ordinary a life as possible, in the least restrictive environment.

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