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150 Year 11 Student For Work Experience In The West

The School Employment Exposure Programme (SEEP) in the Western Division will target the participation of 150 Year 11 students from 30 schools in the Western Division.
03 Feb 2019 09:00
150 Year 11 Student For Work Experience In The West
The Minister for Employment, Productivity, Industrial Relations and Youth and Sports, Parveen Bala (fifth from left), officially launched SEEP with students from the Western Division at the Sugar Cane Growers Hall in Lautoka on February 2, 2019. Photo: Mereleki Nai

The School Employment Exposure Programme (SEEP) in the Western Division will target the participation of 150 Year 11 students from 30 schools in the Western Division.

The Minister for Employment, Productivity, Industrial Relations and Youth and Sports, Parveen Bala officially launched SEEP at the Sugar Cane Growers Hall in Lautoka.

“The main objective of (SEEP) is to spearhead the smooth transition of students from school, into the world of work: into decent jobs and employment growth, based on a student’s subject combination, skills set, potential and line of interest, Mr Bala said.

“My ministry will continue to support every development effort made to transform Fiji into a modern and dynamic society, involving everyone in our national development and leaving no one behind, he said.

“30 schools will then select five Year 11 students each, to go through a two  weeks work-exposure programme with potential employers in the Western Division during the school term holidays later this year.”

First SEEP launch in the West

Mr Bala said the event yesterday marked another ‘first ever’ School Employment Programme for the Western Division.

“Today’s event marks another “first ever” School Employment Exposure Programme for the Western Division following the successful implementation of the same programme in the Central Division and as I had alluded to earlier, the Government is taking a holistic approach to ensure inclusivity.

“Therefore, I urge all stakeholders present here today to start planning ahead for the launching of the same programme in the Northern Division later in the year.”

He added that his ministry has been queried regularly by the employers who are concerned that the majority of the graduates who attain relevant qualifications do not have the necessary skills required to do the job.

“This is one of the biggest challenges that Fiji currently has on the mismatch between the supply and the demand side of our labour market.”

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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