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Pilot Carpenters Depart For Christchurch

The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Semi Koroilavesau yesterday bid farewell to the first seven pilot project workers who will be employed as carpenters under the pilot Canterbury
04 Aug 2016 13:05
Pilot Carpenters Depart For Christchurch
Permanent Secretary for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Salaseini Daunabuna (sitting second from left) , Minister for Employment Semi Koroilavesau (sitting third from left) and other Senior officials with the first seven pilot carpenters for Christchurch Rebuild. Photo: DEPTFO News

The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Semi Koroilavesau yesterday bid farewell to the first seven pilot project workers who will be employed as carpenters under the pilot Canterbury Trades Employment Initiative in New Zealand.

These project was arranged through a partnership between the Ministry of Employment, Fiji and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) project of New Zealand.

The Minister highlighted that these first seven pilot candidates were assessed and selected by the employers and have undergone Life Skills Training and Pre-Departure Orientation Training through the ministry.

Minister Koroilavesau highlighted that one of the key purposes of his ministry is to create employment and this has resulted in the selection of these candidates for employment in New Zealand under the Christchurch Rebuild Project.

The pilot group will be employed for a period of 12 months and an extension of working visa will be determined by the employer based on their performances and discipline.

“I wish to reiterate Government’s expectations that anyone selected for employment overseas must do their best as their performances would open up doors for other potential workers here in Fiji,” Minister Koroilavesau said.

Nemani Waqa Tunidau of Nabitu, Tokatoka, Tailevu a former PWD worker said that this was a great opportunity for him in terms of gaining more skills and knowledge on carpentry work according to New Zealand standards of which he will utilise upon return.

Another worker James Ratuyada of Levuka expressed his sincere appreciation to Government for giving him the opportunity since he did not expect to be selected as part of this pilot scheme.

“I hope that you will all respect the call of both Governments, Fiji and New Zealand and that you will not be persuaded with social interference and will fully comply with what you are required to do under your employment contracts,” Mr Koroilavesau said.

He gave his best wishes and encouraged them to take advantage of this opportunity to fulfil their goals by adding value to their individual lives, families, community and country.

Source: DEPTFO News

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