EIGHT people living with various forms of disabilities from Labasa Town will now be able to find employment in the open market after completing a two-week workshop on basic carpentry.
Organised by the Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons, the workshop involved students acquiring skills in joinery and building basic furniture.
Council executive officer North Kush Prasad said their Labasa centre organised the training as part of their vocational workshop program.
"This is in fact the center for disabled people in the North and we essentially provide vocational training programs for our disabled members and this is one of those programs that we organised for them," she said.
"We train our students with skills that will help to be self-sustained or be able to find employment in the open market.
"Apart from this workshop, we run computer classes, sewing classes and other skills base that would allow them to find work or start their own business."
She said skills training was also organised for those with disabilities who were employed.
"Basically, this skills training is for them to improve and further upskill them for their work.
"We have short courses for them where they can gain knowledge in specific areas so they can go out into their communities and offer these skill set."
Workshop certificate recipient Praveen Naicker said the course would allow him to find employment or start his own business.