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30 Graduates From North Training Centres Ready To Join Work Force

“We will continue to roll out similar training programmes to meet the economic demand and contribute to the growth and development of the private sector by also supporting non-formal and skill-based careers,” - Minister for Youth and Sports, Parveen Bala.
24 Dec 2021 10:30
30 Graduates From North Training Centres Ready To Join Work Force
Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Bala (Back row: eighth from left)with staff from the ministry, Commissioner Northern’s office and youth graduates during the North training centres graduation ceremony on December 20, 2021. Photo: Sampras Anand

Thirty students from the Naleba and Naqere Training Centres in Vanua Levu who graduated from their respective programmes earlier this week, are now ready to join or are already in the work force.

Twenty-two students from Naqere Training Centre in Savusavu graduated with a Certificate in Carpentry (Level Three) while eight from Naleba Training Centre in Labasa graduated with a Certificate in Organic Agriculture (Level four).

The Minister for Youth and Sports, Parveen Bala was chief guest at the event held at the civic centre building in Labasa Town.

 

Feeling deeply honoured to be part of the graduation ceremony Mr Bala said it was a time to celebrate together the accomplishments of their youth trainees in the Northern Division.

He said with the country’s population having 70 per cent people aged 40 or below, effective engagement of youth in training and development had a flow-on effect for the economy.

“The MYS programme fills a much-needed role in providing for training and non-formal education for trainees to create job pathways for youths and to help them become job creators,” he said.

 

Mr Bala said over the years, these programmes had been tailored and refined to provide a relevant and fulfilling training journey for our youths.

He encouraged graduates to be at the forefront of youth advocacy movements and to become role models for other youths in their communities.

“We will continue to roll out similar training programmes to meet the economic demand and contribute to the growth and development of the private sector by also supporting non-formal and skill-based careers,” he said.

 

Graduate Perspective
Naleba training centre graduate, Onoria Dibana, said it was indeed a special occasion for her to receive the graduation certificate from Minister Bala.

Ms Dibana said the one year training was vital in understanding the concepts related to organic farming and how beneficial it could be if applied.

Another standout graduate from Naqere training centre, Waisele Moere, said the training allowed him to secure employment with Pinto Industries Limited.

 

“I was employed during my internship period with the company so definitely I feel proud to be able to use my skills and knowledge to support my family,” he said.

Mr Moere was rewarded for his hard work, winning two special awards, namely the academic excellence award and the junior carpenter award (overall).

 

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