Employment

7 carpenters leave for New Zealand

Seven pilot project workers who will be employed as carpenters under the pilot Canterbury Trades Employment Initiative in New Zealand were farewelled earlier this week by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Semi Koroilavesau. Minister Koroilavesau said that the first seven pilot candidates were assessed and selected by the employers and have undergone “life skills […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

August 4, 2016 12:50 pm

Seven pilot project workers who will be employed as carpenters under the pilot Canterbury Trades Employment Initiative in New Zealand were farewelled earlier this week by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Semi Koroilavesau.

Minister for Employment Hon.Semi Koroilavesau and senior officials of the Ministry with the first seven pilot Carpenters for Christchurch Rebuild. (DEPTFO)
Minister for Employment Semi Koroilavesau and senior officials of the Ministry with the first seven pilot Carpenters for Christchurch Rebuild. (DEPTFO)

Minister Koroilavesau said that the first seven pilot candidates were assessed and selected by the employers and have undergone “life skills training and predeparture orientation training” through the Ministry.

KOROILAVESAU: “I wish to reiterate Government’s expectations that anyone selected for employment overseas must do their best as their performances will open up doors for other potential workers here in Fiji.”

The Minister added that one of the key purposes of his Ministry is to create employment and this has resulted in the selection of these candidates for employment in New Zealand.

KOROILAVESAU: “I hope that you will all respect the call of both Governments, Fiji and New Zealand and that you will not be persuaded with social interference and will fully comply with what you are required to do under your employment contracts.”

He said the pilot group will be employed for a period of 12 months and an extension of working visa will be determined by the employer based on their performances and discipline.

Nemani Tunidau of Nabitu, Tailevu and a former PWD worker said that this is a great opportunity for him.

TUNIDAU: “This will be of a great opportunity for me in terms of gaining more skills and knowledge on carpentry work according to New Zealand standards of which I will utilise upon return.”

Minister Koroilavesau gave his best wishes to these pilot workers and encouraged them to take advantage of this opportunity to fulfill their goals by adding value to their individual lives, families, community, and country.

The New Zealand Christchurch rebuild project was arranged through a partnership between the Ministry of Employment, Fiji and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) project of New Zealand.

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