MINISTER for Education Filipe Bole has stressed that students are to acquire specialised trade skills in technical and vocational education to become certified plumbers, electricians, deckhands and carpenters.
Mr Bole said the $5million allocated for technical and vocational education training for 2013 was aimed at helping students acquire specialised trade skills.
"Scholarships are provided to students who intend to take the following courses, which include building and civil engineering, automotive engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, electronics engineering, graphic arts and design and maritime studies," Mr Bole said.
"There is also an allocation of $1m for the School of Maritime Studies, an area receiving major investment in facilities."
He said additional support was allocated to vocational training for those living in rural and maritime communities.
"There is a grant of $1.8m for the sustainable livelihood project funded by government and operated by the Fiji National University.
"The project takes basic training in much needed skills such as small engine repair, carpentry, electrical basics, boat building and cooking to empower isolated communities and raise their living conditions."