PEOPLE with disabilities will have more opportunities to undergo training and find employment, thanks to a partnership forged between the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons (FNCDP) and the government.
According to a Social Welfare Ministry statement, 11 students from Fiji special schools have been awarded with Special Schools Scholarships through the Public Service Commission.
FNCDP executive director Dr Sitiveni Yanuyanutawa said most of the students were hearing-impaired.
"They are undergoing training in professional carpentry and joinery, the training is facilitated by FNU and Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji (TPAF)," he said.
Dr Yanuyanutawa said following the training, the trainees would be channelled into formal sector employment, while some would be assisted in setting up their own businesses.
Meanwhile, five disabled women will have a chance to gain a Certificate of Attainment in Garment Construction next month at the Inclusive Sewing Centre in Suva.
The Social Welfare Ministry said of the 25-woman class, 10 were social welfare recipients, 10 were from women's groups and five had disabilities.
Manager for Community Awareness of the Include Disability Employ this Ability (IDEA) project Kelera Taveta thanked the Social Welfare Department and PSC for their support.
"It is a great opportunity for disabled people to find employment, and I must thank them for their efforts," she said.