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Monika Singh
Saturday, October 28, 2017

People do business with human beings, not companies, And people are the most valuable asset of a company. Senior business reporter Monika Singh introduces some of those who have taken up new appointments to drive the performance of the companies they work for.

Newly appointed director Naional Training and Productivity Centre for the Fiji National University plans to reorganise and streamline the organisation to ensure maximum efficiency and responsiveness to the needs of the industry in Fiji.

Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata takes over from Penitiko Taoi who had served as acting director of NTPC for the past 19 months.

A statement from the university yesterday said Dr Tagicakiverata's urgent priority was on providing access to training for "Method B" employers, small and medium enterprises and rural enterprises so that they may benefit from the levy-grant scheme and improve their productivity.

It said another priority was to improve the infrastructure of NTPC so that it was on par with industry standards and with other institutions overseas.

Dr Tagicakiverata said he believed that NTPC should focus on preparing the industry and its workforce for urgent current demands and also for the challenges of the future and that the workforce of the future would be highly technological and workers would need to have transversal skills rather than just relying on their technical skills.

He said he intended to increase visibility of NTPC so that there was more public awareness about the key courses and pathways offered through NTPC such as the Apprenticeship Scheme and Trade Testing.

According to the statement Dr Tagicakiverata looks forward to the Fiji Business Excellence Awards on November 4, which is organised by NTPC to showcase and celebrate the journey to business excellence for organisations in Fiji.

It said since completing his PhD on the study of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in the Pacific, Dr Tagicakiverata has served as chief research officer and later acting director of the TVET division, which runs the Government's Sustainable Livelihood Programme (SLP).

SLP has provided basic training to more than 17,000 Fijians since its inception.

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