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FSC apprentices create history

Serafina Silaitoga
Thursday, December 13, 2012

THE Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) mill in Labasa created history again yesterday with the first-ever cadet passing-out parade for their apprentices.

In October, the mill created history as well — being the first out of the four mills in the country to end crushing way before the usual December deadline.

The passing-out parade marked the culmination of two months of army discipline drill training for the 16 male apprentices.

Labasa mill acting production manager Amirka Prasad said the program was done to instill discipline in the boys to allow them to contribute successfully to the goals set by FSC.

Officer-in-Charge at the Sukanaivalu Military Barracks, Major Penesio Mamao who was chief guest told the boys that cadet training was not about joining the military.

"It is about instilling discipline into an individual so that he can fit into a team effectively to play his role to achieve the common goal," Maj Mamao said.

"Cadet training is about obedience, respect, loyalty, integrity, honesty, humility, sincerity and punctuality.

"These are some qualities that you should now possess after your short training with us and you will further develop in life and inherit the rare qualities of a trusted worker," Maj Mamao said. He told the boys to now see themselves not as apprentices but as FSC team players.

"Ask your supervisors about the vision and mission of the FSC so that you can identify the requirements of work and assist in achieving the target.

"Hundreds of young people your age flocked to the Fiji Corrections Service recruitment so you must consider yourselves fortunate because you already have an employer," Maj Mamao said.