YOUNG people have been encouraged to take up the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) studies because it is seen as an effective way of increasing skills at national level.
Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS) co-ordinator Senimili Kamikamica said they received a lot of applications for the TVET studies and it was positive that many young people were interested in continuing their studies.
"TVET has been recognised as an effective way of increasing the national skills level and furthermore, contribute towards individuals becoming entrepreneurs," Ms Kamikamica said.
"We would like to encourage young people to recognise TVET as an equally important component of the total learning system.
"It provides relevant knowledge, skills and competencies for employability, quality living and learning communities."
She said TVET applications with those applying for loans would remain open until the deadline for the enrolment dates of various institutions.
The government, in its budget announcement last year, allocated $5million for a new scholarship program to cover tuition fees for about 1000 students to undertake vocational courses at the Fiji National University, and help them acquire specialised trade skills.
Students with marks below 250, including those who have below 200 marks can apply for full time studies in TVET Diploma and Certificate programs under the new scheme.
Meanwhile the top 600 students to qualify for the toppers scholarship should be known soon.