37 FSC Em­ploy­ees Grad­u­ate Aus­tralian Recog­nised Cour­ses

Fiji Sun - - North News - Edited by Jonathan Bryce SHRATIKA NAIDU LABASA Feed­back: shratikan@fi­jisun.com.fj

Thirty-seven em­ploy­ees of the Fiji Sugar Cor­po­ra­tion (FSC) Labasa grad­u­ated yes­ter­day with in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised Aus­tralian cer­tifi­cates from the Aus­tralia-Pa­cific Tech­ni­cal Col­lege (APTC). The grad­u­a­tion took place at the Friendly North Inn in Labasa.

Eigh­teen stu­dents re­ceived Cer­tifi­cate III level qual­i­fi­ca­tions in trades, in­clud­ing fab­ri­ca­tion trade, elec­tro-tech­nol­ogy, diesel fit­ting and ma­chin­ing. The re­main­ing 19 stu­dents grad­u­ated in busi­ness cour­ses in Cer­tifi­cate IV in Front­line Man­age­ment and Cer­tifi­cate IV in Project Man­age­ment prac­tice. Euro­pean Union pro­gramme man­age­ment ad­vi­sor and team leader Michael Parker thanked FSC Labasa for al­low­ing their em­ploy­ees to par­tic­i­pate in the course. “Thank you FSC and hu­man re­source team for ad­just­ing work sched­ules and cre­at­ing en­vi­ron­ment for these grad­u­ates to com­plete their stud­ies,” Mr Parker said. “As the sug­ar­cane in­dus­try in Fiji trans­forms to an in­creas­ing com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment, it makes sense to in­vest in re­search, tech­nol­ogy and skills. “Build­ing the knowl­edge and skills of home grown man­agers, cer­ti­fied to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards and pro­vid­ing the ideas and abil­ity to move the in­dus­try into new mar­kets, new prod­ucts and rev­enue streams is es­sen­tial. “The sugar in­dus­try in Fiji con­tin­ues to face a num­ber of chal­lenges and re­spond­ing to these chal­lenges re­quires home grown highly skilled man­agers who have the in­dus­try knowl­edge, man­age­ment tools and tech­niques to move the in­dus­try for­ward for Fiji,” he said. FSC Labasa mill gen­eral man­ager Karia Christo­pher, who was the chief guest at the grad­u­a­tion, said this was the first APTC grad­u­a­tion for his em­ploy­ees and hopes more cour­ses would be of­fered. He en­cour­aged the grad­u­ates to share their knowl­edge and skills. Nathaniel Raj, a trades­man of FSC Labasa grad­u­at­ing with Cer­tifi­cate III in En­gi­neer­ing Me­chan­i­cal Trade diesel fit­ting, thanked APTC for giv­ing him such pro­fes­sional train­ing. “To com­plete this six month course in Suva, I had to leave my wife and son in Labasa which has been very dif­fi­cult for me,” the 30-year-old father of Ba­tinikama said. “I thank my em­ployer for giv­ing me the op­por­tu­nity to up­grade my skills which I would surely share it with my col­leagues at work.”

Arun Prasad, 44, hold­ing two cer­tifi­cates (Cer­tifi­cate IV in Front­line Man­age­ment and Cer­tifi­cate IV in Project Man­age­ment Prac­tice), said there was no age limit to ed­u­ca­tion.

“I am a father of three chil­dren and I feel so proud to live an ex­am­ple to my chil­dren when it comes to up­grad­ing knowl­edge and skills,” Mr Prasad of Bulileka, Labasa said yes­ter­day.

Photo: Shratika Naidu

Grad­u­ates gath­ered with guests dur­ing the Aus­tralia-Pa­cific Tech­ni­cal Col­lege grad­u­a­tion in Labasa at the Friendly North Inn yes­ter­day.

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