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Min­is­ter Semi Koroilavesau on Fri­day farewelled four sea­sonal work­ers, who are em­ployed un­der the Aus­tralian Sea­sonal Work Pro­gramme (SWP). The work­ers will be em­ployed by MADEC un­der Mallee Or­chards Pis­ta­chios and these ar­range­ments were made through the part­ner­ship be­tween Govern­ment and the Aus­tralian govern­ment.

Mr Koroilavesau high­lighted that these four can­di­dates were as­sessed by the Na­tional Em­ploy­ment Cen­tre (NEC) and se­lected by the em­ploy­ers.

They have un­der­gone life skills train­ing and pre-de­par­ture ori­en­ta­tion pro­vided by the Min­istry. The group who will be em­ployed for a pe­riod of three months de­parted for Aus­tralia yes­ter­day and will re­turn on De­cem­ber 11 this year. An ex­ten­sion of work­ing visa will be de­ter­mined by the em­ployer based on their per­for­mance. “I wish to re­it­er­ate Govern­ment’s ex­pec­ta­tions that any­one se­lected for em­ploy­ment over­seas sea­sonal must do their best as their per­for­mance will open up doors for other po­ten­tial work­ers here in Fiji,” said Mr Koroilavesau.

Te­vita Suka of Wainikeli District, Tave­uni ex­pressed his sin­cere ap­pre­ci­a­tion to­wards Govern­ment through the Min­istry of Em­ploy­ment, Pro­duc­tiv­ity and In­dus­trial Re­la­tions for al­low­ing them this golden op­por­tu­nity. He stated that he and his fam­ily were cur­rently liv­ing with their ex­tended fam­ily be­cause their home was af­fected by Cy­clone Win­ston. This em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­nity would al­low him and the oth­ers to save and build their own homes when they re­turn.

“I trust that you will main­tain your fo­cus to work hard, learn as much as you can and save money for you and your fam­ily here in Fiji,” said Min­is­ter Koroilavesau. He gave his best wishes to the work­ers and en­cour­aged them to take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity to ful­fil their goals by adding value to their in­di­vid­ual lives, fam­i­lies, com­mu­nity and coun­try.

They have un­der­gone life skills train­ing and pre­de­par­ture ori­en­ta­tion pro­vided by the Min­istry.

Photo: DEPTFO News

Min­is­ter Semi Koroilavesau and se­nior of­fi­cials of the Min­istry of Em­ploy­ment with the four sea­sonal work­ers bound for Aus­tralia.

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