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Way Forward For Our Trades People

Conducting regular trade tests is vital for a growing and vibrant economy like Fiji. The onus is on employers to ensure that employees continue to be developed in skill and
20 Jun 2015 09:16
Way Forward For Our Trades People
NTPC Director Kamlesh Prakash at the North Industry Discussion Forum

Conducting regular trade tests is vital for a growing and vibrant economy like Fiji.
The onus is on employers to ensure that employees continue to be developed in skill and knowledge.
This was highlighted during the Industry Discussion Forum 2015, in Labasa by the Fiji National University’s National Training and Productivity Centre director Kamlesh Prakash.
“What we have had is the existence of a lot of very experienced trades people and workers in different industries in Labasa who have been working for several years,” he said.
“But many are without any paper qualifications and trade certificate or diploma and for that we have the trade test team.
“Employers of Vanua Levu can take advantage and use the test in some 28 different trade areas to help certify their experienced trade’s people.”
He noted that these experienced trades people may have not gone to a trade school.
“They may have practical knowledge but in terms of some theoretical testing they can take it orally if they cannot do a written exam.”
With theoretical or practical examination, trades people can be certified as junior tradespeople, tradesman or senior executive trades people.
Mr Prakash said: “We have been providing the tests for as low as $70 which is a cheap price and it’s widely recognised in Australia and New Zealand, United States of America and Canada.
“An individual with a class two certification will able to have her and his competencies recognised by the trades recognition authority of Australia and NZ Qualification Authority or equivalent counterpart in North America and Europe .”
He said the certification of local skilled people can allow them to be mobile and find employment globally.
“This is having a huge impact on our economy because of remittances that such people send back to the country.
“Trade test is something that should be taken seriously by employers and we have the facilities to provide for trade tests.”
The FNU’s Training and Productivity centre can facilitate this for employers. Tests can be conducted in the vernacular as well.
Savusavu and Labasa Town council special administrator Vijay Chand said: “We should value this opportunity immensely and should contribute to the betterment of training and development for the businesses in the North.”
The discussion forum was attended by more than 100 people at the Takia Hotel conference room on Thursday.

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