Paving way for special ones

FIFTY special needs students successfully completed training in hotel front office reception and housekeeping services which is paving the way for youths to be job creators and not job seekers.

Minister for Youth and Sports Laisenia Tuitubou, in delivering his ministerial statement in Parliament on Thursday, said the 50 students living with disabilities were from the Western Division.

He said training offered by the ministry was in accordance with the 2013 Constitution designed to include people with special needs that would in turn provide them a chance to find employment and live an independent and sustainable livelihood.

“We promote inclusivity despite gender and physical ability and I am pleased to report that a number of female trainees graduated from our training centres last year,” he said.

“The main objective of the training was to allow these trainees an opportunity to get placements at prominent hotels and tourism destinations.”

He said the main focus of the training provided by the Ministry for Youth was to ensure the creation jobs and not just look for work.

“I wish to inform this House the various programs my ministry is offering that empower and set a platform for our youths to realise their potential and to excel,” he said.

“Programs which include empowerment training, mobile skills training, youth grant, ‘Seeds of Success’ to name a few.”

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