Uni to mark 55 years of apprenticeship scheme

SINCE its launch in 1963 the National Apprenticeship Scheme has addressed national skill requirements, churned out qualified trade personnel in the trade and technician fields and produced competent and certified workers.

This year the Fiji National University’s National Training & Productivity Centre (NTPC) celebrates 55 years of the scheme with a launch of events on Monday.

A media statement from the FNU yesterday said the Apprenticeship Week would be celebrated between March 19 – 23 and activities were planned throughout the week by the Apprenticeship Department with school visits informing Year 12, 13 and vocational students on the opportunities the Apprenticeship scheme had to offer.

There are 50 companies registered under apprenticeship training, just to name a few; Natural Waters of Viti Ltd, FMF Foods, J. Kevi Group Fiji Ltd, Lincoln Refrigeration Ltd, Pacific Cement Ltd, Pacific Fishing Co Ltd, CAS Scale (Fiji) Ltd, British American Tobacco, and many more.

“Since its inception, the Apprenticeship scheme has grown from strength to strength. It’s a scheme like no other,” said director NTPC Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata.

Dr Tagicakiverata said some notable former apprentices were Netani Sukanaivalu — former minister and manager director Horeb Engineering, Roger Powell — general manager Carpenters Motors, Pravin Singh — manager director Lincoln Refrigeration Ltd, Jimi Taniela — operations manager FMF Foods Ltd, Lopeti Radravu operations manager Fiji Ships.

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