August 29, 2016 7:47 am

104 graduate from apprenticeship programme

A total of 104 apprentices graduated as qualified tradespersons in their respective fields at the Fiji National University (FNU) National Apprenticeship graduation ceremony at Lami’s Novotel Hotel. The apprentices were told that their contribution to Fiji’s skill base was important for economic development. Education minister Dr Mahendra Reddy, while officiating at the ceremony said the training and qualification attained […]

A total of 104 apprentices graduated as qualified tradespersons in their respective fields at the Fiji National University (FNU) National Apprenticeship graduation ceremony at Lami’s Novotel Hotel.

Apprentices have been reminded of the importance of their skills towards economic growth. FNU
Apprentices have been reminded of the importance of their skills towards economic growth. (FNU)

The apprentices were told that their contribution to Fiji’s skill base was important for economic development.

Education minister Dr Mahendra Reddy, while officiating at the ceremony said the training and qualification attained by the apprentices will qualify them for international opportunities.

The minister also said the new initiative in apprenticeship programme launched in the 2016-2017 national budget enhances the apprenticeship scheme in the country.

REDDY: “Under this programme, any employer who employs an apprentice while he or she is studying will receive a 200 per cent tax deduction for salaries and wages paid to apprentices. There are positive indications that a lot of investment will take place in the near future in Fiji, especially in the hospitality, mining and manufacturing industries.”

The minister also confirmed that discussions were in place to implement intensive short skills development projects to upskill semi-skilled workers in the construction industry.

REDDY: “Having a pool of skilled workforce available in Fiji is a powerful incentive for prospective investors to invest in our country.”

Mr Reddy acknowledged employers who continue to invest in the apprenticeship scheme.

The apprentices underwent training in 17 different categories of technical courses including automotive electrical, carpentry, automotive mechanic, panel beating, plant maintenance engineering, plumbing and telecommunication engineering.