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Berenadeta Grabs Chance In Man’s World

Berenadeta Grabs Chance In Man’s World
Berenadeta Veitoyaki (left) with deputy director technical training division Penitiko Taoi (right) at the National Training & Productive Centre in Narere on April 6, 2018. Photo: Shirika Shalini
April 12
11:00 2018

Berenadeta Veitoyaki is convinced that there is definitely room for women in professions like automo­tive mechanic.

Yes, she said the job may be meant for men, but more and more determined wom­en were now being cut out for the job.

That is why she joined an automotive me­chanic class offered by the National Train­ing and Productive Centre at Narere in Nasinu.

But to survive in that world, women must be positive from the start. They must study the right subjects in schools, receive prop­er training in recognised institutions and pursue careers in the right workplace.

Ms Veitoyaki, 19, from Buca Bay, in Caka­udrove, believes women can be on par with males if they are properly coached and pointed in the right career direction.

She is the only female in a class of 25 stu­dents doing automotive lights, which in­cludes 21 students in a day class and four students in the evening.

“I like seeing cars and had this desire to learn aboutthe parts of vehicles and from there I thought of joining the automotive phase of the job,” Ms Veitoyaki said.

She said the thinking that a woman will not be able to be a mechanic is a mistake.

Any woman can fulfil her job dream, she said.

Deputy director in the technical training division Penitiko Taoi said: “The trade sec­tor is seen as male dominant but through technology it is helping the females to come into the trade sectors.”

He said there was great opportunity for young women to be the part of the trade sectors.

“The beauty of these ladies joining trade because they are born with this manage­ment task whether it is at home or work. That is what it is needed in the trade sec­tor,” Mr Taoi said.

He said the “industry needs spare parts’’ and asking women to fill the void.

“My message to the young ladies whether they are at primary school or high school even people in the rural sectors … we have this work where our programme has no requirements … it is a talent you place (in your list of priorities) and work towards it.”

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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