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Call for inclusive employment

Monika Singh
Friday, December 01, 2017

MORE employers are being urged to provide job opportunities for people with disabilities and help Government achieve its aim to be as inclusive as possible when it comes to development and growth.

Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate made the statement at the APTC industry partnership event at the University of the South Pacific's Pacific Fusion Restaurant yesterday.

The event was held to acknowledge the partnership made between APTC and 13 organisations, who agreed to be host employers for APTC's special needs students who undertook the Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways course.

Mr Usamate said the Government was aware of the different segments of people who were seeking employment and their different needs.

He commended APTC and its program which had provided the necessary skills and training for people living with disability to find job attachments with the various companies which gave them the chance to experience the workplace.

APTC country manager Jonathan Todd said the event aimed to advocate for people with disabilities and encouraged local employers to have an inclusive workforce and accessible facilities for people with special needs.

The APTC's Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways course was a pilot program for people with special needs, designed to enhance the foundation skills development and prepare them for entry into the workforce or vocational training pathways.

Jope Kikau, who graduated from the program, said the 26 weeks job attachment made a big impact on the lives of the graduates and enabled them to upskill and gain knowledge by working in the different workplaces.

According to the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service, employers who employed people with special needs were eligible to apply for 300 per cent tax rebate for three years of employing the person with special needs.








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