32% of work permits were issued for technical and professional jobs between 2018-2020
Information gathered from the Fijian Immigration Department shows that 32% of work permits were issued for technical and professional jobs between 2018 and 2020.
This was highlighted by the Minister of Education, Premila Kumar, during the launch of the Pasifika technical and vocational training industry on the Nasese campus of the FNU.
She says this includes construction, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, automobiles, fishing, information technology, food and beverage, mining and agriculture.
Kumar says this shows that we don’t have adequate trained staff in many areas, which should be a big concern.
National University of Fiji Vice-Chancellor Professor Toby Wilkinson said TVET enables young people and those already in the workforce to develop the skills, experience and skills demanded by employers in a global economy rapidly changing.
Wilkinson said the national budget for fiscal year 2021-2022 contained two major announcements to support TVET, which includes 5,000 new funded places for TVET courses at the UNF through the scholarship and loan service. tertiary sector and an allocation of $ 1 million through the Re-qualification Fund to enable the UNF to re-qualify people who have lost their jobs since the start of the pandemic.