Kumar: Unemployment rate currently stands at 4.5 per cent

Fiji National University apprenticeship graduands celebrate in style at Novotel , Lami yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

FIJI’s unemployment rate currently stands at 4.5 per cent.

This was revealed by Employment Minister Parveen Kumar while officiating at the Fiji National University apprenticeship graduation at the Novotel Suva Lami Bay hotel convention centre in Lami yesterday.

Mr Kumar said Government aimed to reduce this rate to below 4 per cent by 2021 by creating new opportunities for young people aged 15 to 24 and enabling clear pathways from education.

More than 80 students graduated from automotive electrical, automotive mechanic, carpentry, cook, electrical fitter mechanic, electronics, fitting and machining, heavy commercial vehicle mechanic, heavy mobile plant mechanic, panel beating, plant maintenance engineering and printing at yesterday’s graduation ceremony.

“Many of today’s industry leaders underwent the apprenticeship training scheme and are now leading companies,” he said.

“In addition, the ministry has taken a multi-sectoral approach by organising the national youth and sports conference and Fiji’s first-ever national job fair earlier this year.

“These two initiatives have provided new pathways and forums particularly for our youth.”

He said the recent review of the national job fair found that more than 100 youths were able to find work through the platform.

Apprenticeship training, he added, was a systematic on and off the job training which spanned between three to five years to equip an apprentice with relevant skills, knowledge and attitude related to a particular trade.

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