ONE of the Northern Division's eminent timber manufacturers plans to build a training institute to empower students' knowledge and skills.
In his presentation to Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama in Labasa yesterday, Kinnis Allied Industries owner Kiran Reddy said tertiary students willing to further their knowledge on basic woodwork could be trained in the proposed institute.
"We are planning to buy a piece of land here in Labasa and we are liaising with authorities responsible for the purchase," he said.
"This institute will prepare students well before they are absorbed into the workforce.
"They will do hands-on training when in the institute.
"Trainees will learn, work and earn in a commercial environment."
Mr Reddy said there would be legislation required to safeguard trainees from exploitation.
"Apart from the institute, we have other bigger plans that will not only benefit the industry but the whole community.
"So far, we have not secured direct funding from Government however, we are thankful for the support we have been receiving so far from the State.
"I am also thankful for the duty concessions on machines and materials granted last year and this year by government."
Commodore Bainimarama toured the industry and was also briefed on its operations.
He also visited Pinto Industries Limited in Labasa.
Commodore Bainimarama and his entourage will attend a church service at the Sukanaivalu Barracks today (Sunday) where the military families in the North will farewell him as the head of the RFMF.