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National Apprenticeship Scheme celebrates 55th anniversary

The Fiji National University’s Nation­al Training & Productivity Centre (NTPC) launched the National Ap­prenticeship yesterday. This launch coincides with the scheme in marking the 55th year of existence of the
20 Mar 2018 11:01
National Apprenticeship Scheme celebrates 55th anniversary
Netani Sukanaivalu. Photo: Maria Laqeta

The Fiji National University’s Nation­al Training & Productivity Centre (NTPC) launched the National Ap­prenticeship yesterday.

This launch coincides with the scheme in marking the 55th year of existence of the apprenticeship programme.

The former minister, direc­tor of Horeb Engineering, and founder of the appren­ticeship programme, Ne­tani Sukanaivalu, was the chief guest at the launch of the National Apprentice­ship Scheme week and the schemes 55th year celebrations at the FNU’s Nasinu campus.

Mr Sukanaiavlu said the programme was the first and one of the most successful skill development programmes used in the coun­try and its contribution to the growth pro­cess of the country has been invaluable.

“The apprentice programme has seen many young men and women come through its doors and go on to become successful lead­ers of the trade industry in the country and abroad,” he said.

Mr Sukanaivalu said the hands-on-practical experience gained by the apprentices was in­valuable and surpassed the learning often derived from traditional modes of training and education.

“An ex-apprentice like me and some of the invited guests sitting here end up being the elite among tradesmen,” he said.

He said some apprentices had taken up managerial positions in industries, govern­ment entities and training institutes etc and are continuing to aid national development as the backbone of Fiji’s economy and in the technical arena. According to the director National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC), Isimeli Tagicakiverata, the appren­ticeship programme was an opportunity for a learner at NTPC to promote apprenticeship in a big way throughout the country.

Many people in Fiji, he said especially young people, still do not know what appren­ticeship was and what it involved.

“This launching is meant to inform people about the opportunities, the pathways and advantages of becoming an apprentice in Fiji,” he said.

“This is something that needed to be hosted on a yearly basis because there is a huge re­turn on investment if all parties – the em­ployer, the apprentice and NTPC play their part well and are committed to the agree­ment.

“Apprenticeship is about hands-on practi­cal learning, it’s about developing a positive work relationship with fellow employees and with supervisors.

“The programme is also about listening and learning from others, and maturing on the job in developing soft skills and good work ethics.”

An apprentice student studying Carpentry Certificate III, Inia Manasa Tabua, 18, of Sa­beto Village, Nadi, hopes to gain more skills, knowledge and secure a job.

Aceni Tanumi, 19, a Certificate III Joinery student had an interest in his field since he was very young and hopes to become some­body important in the future.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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