‘Skill-based training was essential for a developing nation’

Apprentice sudents form Fiji Sugar Cooporation that graduate from FNU , all smiles at after the graduation ceremony yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

A HIGHLY skilled and talented workforce is the backbone of any economy.

Employment Minister Parveen Bala said this while delivering his speech before 81 graduates at the Fiji National University apprenticeship graduation at the Novotel in Lami yesterday.

He said skill-based training was essential for a developing nation such as Fiji.

“The apprenticeship training scheme registered its first apprentice in June 1963 with the South Pacific Sugar Mills, which now the Fiji Sugar Corporation,” Mr Bala said.

“The National Training and Productivity Centre is mandated to meet the industries training needs by implementing several intensive short skills development projects that will assist the development of workers.

The graduates, he said would be highly competent through the training they received while attached to the industries.

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