Fiji Time: 1:34 PM on Friday 23 June

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

Mining training a first for Fiji

Repeka Nasiko
Friday, August 01, 2014

NILSEN College of Vatukoula will offer mining qualifications to cater for the increase in the demand for licensed miners.

Fiji Higher Education Commission Professional Services Unit team leader Eci Naisele said the commission had just given the green light for Nilsen College to develop the program.

"With the consent of the ministry (of Education) and after meeting the staff and management of Nilsen College, we went to Vatukoula Gold Mines and they agreed to support the institute and the whole program," Mr Naisele said.

"They (Vatukoula Gold Mines) told us that for 80 years, the miners that were working with them had no training at all.

"Most of the workers came straight from the village and they trained them on site. They did not have any paperwork in the field."

He said the new program would provide proper accreditation for miners. "At the end of the day, they can get a certificate.

"That's for the new students that enrol for the course. For those who are already working as a miner, we offer them a package called Recognition of Prior Learning. What that means is that we'll get the assessors or the lecturers in this particular field to go to the mines and assess them while they are working.

"These people that have been working for years but they want to move on to other lucrative mines in other countries.

"With this qualification, they can apply for work in places like South Africa where the mining industry there is booming."








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.64830.6293
JPY 55.152652.1526
GBP 0.38480.3768
EUR 0.43900.4270
NZD 0.68110.6481
AUD 0.65260.6276
USD 0.49180.4748

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 23rd, June, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. FRA boss quits
  2. Umarji walks free
  3. Allowance increase
  4. Suva to play Labasa tomorrow
  5. FDB wins Asian award
  6. Khan: No big fete
  7. Farmers: '$15 too much ... fix tramlines'
  8. Katonitabua clarifies gravel royalties
  9. EMS tender audit
  10. New cars 'affect taxi business'

Top Stories this Week

  1. Radio host cleared of rape Tuesday (20 Jun)
  2. Band releases tribute to Radradra Sunday (18 Jun)
  3. Pastor denies claims Thursday (22 Jun)
  4. Youths earn $76,000 from grog harvest Sunday (18 Jun)
  5. For better, for worse, Burotu ties the knot Saturday (17 Jun)
  6. Electricity bills worry customers Monday (19 Jun)
  7. No terror link Tuesday (20 Jun)
  8. 4 dead Thursday (22 Jun)
  9. Under scrutiny Wednesday (21 Jun)
  10. Media boss in road accident inquiry Thursday (22 Jun)