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Youths receive forestry training

Luke Nacei
Thursday, February 01, 2018

THIRTY-TWO unemployed youths of Naimasimasi in Tailevu received certificates in Harvest Tree Manually Basic Training Course from the Ministry of Forests last week.

Principal forestry officer Rafaele Raboiliku said the two-week course helped broaden the minds of the youths in the village.

"Fiji has a very strong forest industry and for them to work in this industry, they will need to have this certificate," Mr Raboiliku said.

He said they would revisit the village to continue this course.

"The certificate is a participatory certificate which is the first stage of operating. After three months we will be doing a skills test where they will be issued a competent certificate, meaning they can work alone.

"One of the advantages is that you get to know everything about a chainsaw and the safety aspects, and secondly a job security."

Simione Degei, who was among the certificate holders, said he was grateful for the opportunity.

"Majority of us are school leavers and what we have learnt for the past two weeks will really boost us in securing jobs for ourselves," Mr Degei said.

"I am so thankful that this opportunity came to our village, we have learnt the basics of handling a chainsaw and when we are ready we will then apply this skills to wherever we are called to work."

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