Koya: Businesses used pandemic period to improve workforce skills

Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Faiyaz Koya. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

A few tourism and non-tourism businesses was reported to be using this time during the pandemic to improve workforce skills, according to Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Faiyaz Koya.

The Minster revealed this during the launch of UNDP and UNCDF’s COVID-19 Response Project for Tourism Sector Workers which is set to provide approximately 1500 Fijians in the tourism industry with an opportunity to learn new skills and enhance productivity under the micro-credentials online course.

“With the right resources and opportunities, businesses are willing to invest in their workers,” said Mr Koya.

“This is why partnership between industry, governments and development partners is critical.

“The main objective of this partnership is to provide relevant training opportunities to Pacific tourism and hospitality industry in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, Tonga and Vanuatu – all of who have been tremendously affected by the pandemic.”

The online course was said to place strong emphasis on Digital Literacy Skills and Communication Technologies for business success as according to Mr Koya, were lifelong skills.

The core-curriculum was designed for the tourism sector workers and was a forward-looking initiative by UNDP, UNCDF, the Pacific Tourism Organisation, Australia Pacific Training Coalition and Fiji Hotels and Tourism Association, in partnership with the Japanese government as stated by the minster.

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