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64 Graduate From Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre

Sixty-four women graduated from the Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Center yesterday, with twenty-one of them having pioneered the new batch for the National Certificate for Aged Care and Community Care
14 Jan 2021 14:03
64 Graduate From Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre
Graduates from Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre on January 13, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Sixty-four women graduated from the Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Center yesterday, with twenty-one of them having pioneered the new batch for the National Certificate for Aged Care and Community Care Programme.

Among them was Roslyn Prasad, who said she had never regretted the decision to join the institute and, in the process, discover her passion to serve the elderly.

“I am blessed and happy that I have completed this course and in proving my ability; I love to care for senior citizens,” she said.

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, the six-month course took a year to complete.

“There was the pandemic and just when we were about to graduate on December 17, Tropical Cyclone Yasa hit the country last year which caused the delay again,” she said.

Ms Prasad also received the Best Student award in her class.

“I encourage women to enroll as it is free of charge and the learning environment is great as there are experienced teachers who are here to help you no matter what,” she said.

She hopes to find employment in the aged-care sector in any health institution around the country.

Another graduate, Apisaki Tuilovoni, who hails from Lovoni, Ono-i-lau was named the Best Student in the Culinary and Pastry class.

After losing her job from Ratu Kini Backpackers and Dive Resort due to the pandemic, Ms Tuilovoni was determined to step out of her comfort zone and try her skills in the culinary world.

“Life was tough when I came back home just to lose my mum a week later,” she said.

Apisaki Tuilovoni with her father Esakaia Tuilovoni after the Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre graduation on January 13, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Apisaki Tuilovoni with her father Esakaia Tuilovoni after the Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre graduation on January 13, 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

“With her passing away, I realised, I could not depend on my father for all my financial needs and I had to do something to make it work.”

Joining the training center, Ms Tuilovoni now envisions starting her own small pastry business to help support her family and her wedding plans.

“Spending two months was an eye opener as I learned many things and most of all it has enlightened my life; being able to go through difficult times,” she said.

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa encouraged them to continue on the path of determination, hard work and work with integrity and openness to learning.

“Continue to research about marketing opportunities and strategies for your businesses and also pay attention to the quality of your products and services,” she said.

“Customer orientation is crucial for any business and quality; timely service is what will seal that relationship between you and your customers if you are going to venture into your own businesses.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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