12 tech­ni­cal col­leges to ben­e­fit: Reddy

$1.8m for spe­cialised equip­ment will increase the qual­ity of prac­ti­cal classes, trans­fer of grad­u­ates to work sec­tor is smooth

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Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Ma­hen­dra Reddy said the $18.8 mil­lion al­lo­cated for the tech­ni­cal col­leges con­firmed the Gov­ern­ment’s sup­port and in­vest­ment in this area.

“The 2016/2017 bud­get al­lo­ca­tion of $18.8m for the Tech­ni­cal Col­lege of Fiji will fur­ther im­prove the fa­cil­i­ties at the 12 Tech­ni­cal col­lege cam­puses in the coun­try,” Mr Reddy said.

“This al­lo­ca­tion re­flects con­fir­ma­tion of our Gov­ern­ment’s tremen­dous sup­port and in­vest­ment in this ven­ture.” Mr Reddy said the in­creased en­rol­ment num­bers over the last two years re­flected the de­mand in this area of prepa­ra­tion for the youth. “The de­mand for Tech­ni­cal Col­lege of Fiji is re­flected in our in­creased en­rol­ment num­bers over the two years and we will con­tinue to en­sure that the sup­ply of fa­cil­i­ties at the cam­puses is up to par,” Mr Reddy said.

“This na­tional in­sti­tu­tion in­tends to raise the stan­dards of our trades­men and women through­out Fiji by giv­ing them bet­ter ac­cess to for­mal qual­i­fi­ca­tions to im­prove their skills. “The Tech­ni­cal Col­lege cam­puses of­fer a range of op­por­tu­ni­ties not only to chil­dren who make tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion their ca­reer path but also to adults and work­ing peo­ple who take up short cour­ses to pol­ish on their skills and tal­ents.”

The al­lo­ca­tion of $1,797,450 for spe­cialised equip­ment, which is an increase from the last bud­get, will in­clude pur­chases of spe­cialised equip­ment such as, stand­alone freezer, static power ma­chines, agri­cul­ture ma­chines and other equip­ment that will be needed for the pro­grammes of­fered at the var­i­ous cam­puses.

“This will increase the qual­ity of prac­ti­cal classes on of­fer for the stu­dents and thus, up­lift their prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tions of on the job ex­pe­ri­ence,” Mr Reddy said. “We want our chil­dren to ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand the pro­cesses that they will en­counter in the job site so that they mas­ter th­ese skills and their trans­fer to the work sec­tor is smooth.”

Photo: Ron­ald Ku­mar

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Youth and Sports Iliesa De­lana and Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Ma­hen­dra Reddy in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day.

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