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Moulding Work-Ready Grads A Key Focus On TOPEX

Education will be a key area of focus at the 2015 Top Executives (TOPEX) Conference which begins tonight at The Warwick Fiji. The annual conference organised by the Fiji Commerce
01 Oct 2015 09:31
Moulding Work-Ready Grads A Key Focus On TOPEX
Nesbitt Hazelman.

Education will be a key area of focus at the 2015 Top Executives (TOPEX) Conference which begins tonight at The Warwick Fiji.

The annual conference organised by the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation will be opened by the Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum tonight.

Federation chief executive, Nesbitt Hazelman said the question that will be asked is how can graduates be made work-ready.

He said this was so that employers could take them on board as soon as they graduate and can right away hit the ground running.

The session will be held on Friday and will be lead by the Minister for Education, Mahendra Reddy.

It will also include presentations by the Vice Chancellors of all three universities and the Fiji Higher Education Commission chairman, Richard Wah.

“We need to hear from our Vice Chancellors from the various universities on what plans they have to closely work with industries,” Mr Hazelman said.

“This is so their programmes are relevant to the needs of the employers of this country.”

 

The conference

The annual conference is where the federation picks up on thematic areas that businesses consider to be an issue.

They then get key people on speak on these issues and find ways for a solution.

Mr Hazelman confirmed at present they have over 115 participants registered but the numbers continue to increase and they hope to hit the 200 mark.

This year’s theme is “Growth and Development: Partnerships for Prosperity”.

Mr Hazelman said they were fortunate to have a number of other Ministers who would be speaking at the event.

These include the Minister for Health, Jone Usamate, Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Faiyaz Koya, and Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jioji Konrote.

 

Session with trade union

Also participating for the first time at the conference will be the trade union.

Mr Hazelman said Fiji Trade Unions Congress general secretary, Felix Anthony, will be joining them on the opening panel discussion on Saturday morning.

“So on one end you have Mr Anthony and on the other we have the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jioji Konrote,” he said.

The session – Labour Relations in Fiji Tripartite Panel Session – will also include Mr Hazelman and Munro Leys Law Partner, Jon Apted.




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