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Technical vocational programmes vital for empowerment

Countries like Fiji rely on technical vocational education and training to enable and to empower us to cope with pressures such as poverty, climate change adaptation and skilled migration, among others. President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote stressed this while officiating as chief guest at the opening of the World Technical And Vocational Education and Training […]

Salote Qalubau

August 23, 2016 3:42 pm

Countries like Fiji rely on technical vocational education and training to enable and to empower us to cope with pressures such as poverty, climate change adaptation and skilled migration, among others.

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The President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote. (Fijian Government)

President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Konrote stressed this while officiating as chief guest at the opening of the World Technical And Vocational Education and Training (TVET) conference in Suva today.

President Konrote thanked stakeholder organizations for choosing Fiji to be the venue for the conference which enhances Fiji’s national profile as a developing nation.

KONROTE: “The World TVET Conference provides another unique opportunity for us in the Pacific especially here in Fiji to bring to this country some of the best minds and practitioners in the field of technical and vocational education and training. In this globalized learning and working environment, Nations all over the world are faced with the universal challenges such as job creation, unemployment, poverty, and the mismatch of skills with employment.

He said the international conference will certainly help us to refine our education and vocational training so that there is a smoother transition for our children from school to employment.

KONROTE: “We have a shortage of skilled labour in various sectors such as construction, manufacturing, tourism and agriculture, among others. Hence, we rely on our technical colleges and institutions to help us address these. The demand for skilled workers is also because of children’s aptitude and interests are in this area and not in higher education studies. Hence, training institutions must rise up and provide for this.”

Fiji National University’s Acting Director TVET, Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata said the choice of FNU as the host for the three-day IVETA World TVET Conference and the attendance of numerous delegates from across the Pacific highlighted the value placed on the TVET programme.

Mr Tagicakiverata said as a dual sector university,the Fiji National University’s TVET provision connects seamlessly with higher education programmes in order to offer an integrated national post-secondary education system.

TAGICAKIVERATA: “We needed this large scale conference to be brought to Fiji so that our local Fiji and Pacific educators, policy makers and TVET stakeholders may benefit from the international exposure, networking and exchange of ideas. The national university of Fiji will be featured prominently in this conference. Our TVET exhibition booths at the conference will feature some current programmes and projects.”

He also confirmed the attendance of delegates from Pacific Islands such as Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Samoa, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Finland, England, USA, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Malawi with 215 overseas and 85 local delegates.

The four keynote speakers during the event will be:

  1. Professor Santosh Mehrotra – will be presenting on the ‘Global perspective and role of TVET’
  2. Professor Pamela Nilan – will be presenting on ‘TVET and Gender’
  3. Wendy Perry – will be focusing on ‘Industry and TVET institution collaboration’
  4. Ambassador Andrew Jacobs – will be presenting about ‘Funding of TVET projects and programmes’

Apart from the four keynote speakers, 40 papers will be presented in three parallel sessions on Days two and three.

Meanwhile, Special Recognition Awards will also be given to the:

  • Fiji Corrections Services – for providing youths in prisons with vocational training
  • Fiji Vocational Centre – for People with Disability for empowering people with disability with vocational training
  • EU-PacTVET – for their role in climate change adaptation skills training in the Pacific

The World TVET conference which began today is currently underway at the Grand Pacific Hotel and will conclude on August 25th.

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