Life-time Opportunity Not to be Wasted, …FijiFirst
The 103 Fijian workers leaving for overseas employment were reminded to make the best use of the opportunity given to them and not to let it go to waste.
The Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Youth and Sports, Hon. Parveen Kumar Bala, stated this during the closing of the four day pre departure briefing (PDB) held last week.
Minister Bala explained that the bilateral relations between the Fijian Government and Australia has provided the golden opportunity for Fijians to take full advantage of this window of opportunity during these challenging times.
“This is a very special moment for everyone because you have been selected for employment opportunities through our “Vuvale Partnership” with Australia.”
“This opportunity will enable you to provide for your families and meet their needs during these challenging times,” Minister Bala said.
Some of the selected workers will be engaged in the seasonal work program for up to nine months while the rest of the workers selected under the longer term engagement of four years will be engaged in meat-works and hospitality.
Minister Bala also reminded the selected Fijians to work smart, save more and contribute to their families back in Fiji.
“Remember what you have been taught in the last four days and apply it. The briefing has taught you how to plan over the last few days here in Fiji and for the rest of your days working while living and working in Australia.”
“Please do not forget the goals you’ve set out to achieve when you return home.”
Minister Bala also reminded the selected Fijian workers not breach the conditions for their work visa and avoid being swayed by others as this will tarnish Fiji’s good reputation.
This group of selected workers are expected to leave our shores this week for employment opportunities in Australia.
The program has grown over the years and over 5,200 Fijians have participated under the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme and Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme in New Zealand.