Qual­ity train­ing in our work­force

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Fiji Na­tional Uni­ver­sity (FNU) has been tasked with a huge role in na­tional de­vel­op­ment, the Na­tional Train­ers Con­fer­ence heard yes­ter­day. This was high­lighted by FNU chan­cel­lor Ik­bal Jan­nif when the two-day Na­tional Train­ing Con­fer­ence be­gan at Tanoa In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel in Nadi.

It is or­gan­ised by the uni­ver­sity’s Na­tional Train­ing and Pro­duc­tiv­ity Cen­tre (NTPC). “We have stim­u­lated our aca­demics/train­ers to un­der­take re­search that would in­flu­ence poli­cies and pro­vide pos­i­tive out­comes for the greater good of the so­ci­ety,” Mr Jan­nif said. More than 120 stake­hold­ers, who are des­ig­nated chief ex­ec­u­tives, gen­eral man­agers, hu­man re­source man­agers and train­ing in­struc­tors from at least 76 or­gan­i­sa­tions are at­tend­ing the con­fer­ence with an op­por­tu­nity to en­gage in pre­sen­ta­tions, panel dis­cus­sions, net­work­ing and shar­ing best prac­tices. Mr Jan­nif said peo­ple needed to get en­gaged and in­volved if they were to en­hance the pro­duc­tiv­ity at the work­force sec­tors.

“If peo­ple want spe­cialised train­ing for their or­gan­i­sa­tion, then em­ploy­ers can get in touch with NTPC and we will be able to pro­vide that train­ing. It can be tai­lor made for in­sti­tu­tions,” Mr Jan­nif said. He said the con­fer­ence was a train­ing for train­ers them­selves and it was very im­por­tant for the train­ers to take the mes­sage back and re­late that to the own or­gan­i­sa­tions and use what­ever they learnt within their own train­ing pro­grammes. “The evolv­ing de­mand on the qual­ity of work­force has pushed prac­tices in hu­man re­sources and man­age­ment, par­tic­u­larly train­ing to take on strate­gic role in mod­ern and dy­namic or­gan­i­sa­tions,” Mr Jan­nif said.

In­vest­ing on lead­er­ship and train­ing

Guest speaker, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at Louisiana State Uni­ver­sity in the United States of Amer­ica, Priscilla Allen, talked about the re­turn on in­vest­ment and lead­er­ship train­ing. She re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of max­imis­ing hu­man cap­i­tal and re­la­tion­ships in the work­place to get bet­ter re­sults. “Pri­mar­ily the peo­ple here train and su­per­vise so it’s about iden­ti­fy­ing strengths in their teams and gaps to make them stronger. “I hope that peo­ple see how train­ing and in­flu­enc­ing and ad­vanc­ing skills is bet­ter for the or­gan­i­sa­tion, so that Fiji can be bet­ter than it al­ready is,” Ms Allen said. The con­fer­ence, which is the sec­ond of its kind to be or­gan­ised and hosted by the NTPC for the in­dus­try stake­hold­ers, will end to­day.


Par­tic­i­pants of the Na­tional Train­ers Con­fer­ence 2016 at Tanoa In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel in Nadi yes­ter­day.


From left: Na­tional Train­ing Pro­duc­tiv­ity Cen­tre (NTPC) deputy di­rec­tor Sa­ten­dra Nair, Lou­siana State Uni­ver­sity as­so­ciate di­rec­tor Priscilla Allen, Fiji Na­tional Uni­ver­sity chan­cel­lor Ik­bal Jan­nif and NTPC act­ing di­rec­tor Peni Taoi dur­ing the Na­tional Train­ers Con­fer­ence 2016 at Tanoa In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel in Nadi yes­ter­day.


CJ Pa­tel Group staff from left: Group hu­man re­source (HR) su­per­vi­sor Ash­wita Chand, risk and com­pli­ance of­fi­cer Monal Narayan, Fiji Sun Edi­to­rial Man­ager/Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant Soko Vakacegu, Pa­cific Bat­ter­ies HR of­fi­cer Shoma Shivan­gli, ICT Busi­ness An­a­lyst Na­canieli Basacala and Viti Foods Lim­ited HR of­fi­cer Sheenal Chan­dra dur­ing the Na­tional Train­ers Con­fer­ence 2016 at Tanoa In­ter­na­tional Ho­tel in Nadi yes­ter­day.

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