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Women In Apprenticeship Training Grows

An increase in the number of women in apprenticeship training in the past five years at the Fiji National University’s (FNU) National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) has been noted. It began with only three women in 2017, 21 in 2018, a drop in 2019 with only two. This was because some were terminated as they were not in their correct trade.
23 Mar 2022 16:00
Women In Apprenticeship Training Grows
Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation CEO Kameli Batiweti and NTPC Director at FNU, Isimeli Tagicakiverata

An increase in the number of women in apprenticeship training in the past five years at the Fiji National University’s (FNU) National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) has been noted.

It began with only three women in 2017, 21 in 2018, a drop in 2019 with only two.

This was because some were terminated as they were not in their correct trade.

 

Eventually in 2020 15 women signed up for the programme and last year it increased by two more.

The apprenticeship programme is a skills trade and covers areas that is seen to be male-dominated roles.

Women who signed for the various programmes were focused on electrical engineering and aviation.

 

The apprenticeship had two graduations; the first is when the applicant has successfully completed the programme while the second graduation when the applicant has completed the apprenticeship inprogramme.

Guest speakers during a Virtual Apprenticeship session highlighted how the apprenticeship programme had positively contributed to the economy of Fiji.

NTPC Director at FNU, Isimeli Tagicakiverata, said apprenticeshipis the way forward for many school leavers especially for the Year 13 and Year 12 students after receiving their national exam results.

 

Mr Tagicakiverata mentioned there were 22 trade levels that target skills upgrading that ensure competent workers.

Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation, chief executive officer Kameli Batiweti, a strong advocate for apprenticeship said it was an exciting option because apprenticeships  relied heavily on training skills, knowledge and attitude put into practice immediately.

Mr Batiweti said the programmes upskills participants for higher learning opportunities.

 

Mental Health Professional of Kuruleca Consultants, Selina Kuruleca, highlighted having mental health programmes in the workplace.

She encouraged young people to  get out and learn something such as apprenticeship that can unlock people’s attention.

There are a total of 426 apprentices who have registered since 2017.

 

Feedback: laisa.kabulevu@fijisun.com.fj



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