The Higher Education Commission, Fiji Chairperson Steve Chand has honored the graduands as extraordinary.
“I call you extraordinary because you take these education opportunities with faith and strive to complete them despite the odds against you.”
While addressing the graduands at Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre (MWVTC), Chand said Fiji is blessed to have institutions which provides skills based developmental opportunities to underprivileged women of our society.
“Our nation is facing serious challenge of skills gap and shortage of tradesperson, this is because our trades persons leaving Fiji for overseas countries, as there are high demand and critical shortage of tradesperson.”
“A large percentage of our youths remain unemployed as they are not suitably qualified or trained for the availability of jobs.”
“Institutions like Makoi, will assist our nation in training skilled professionals so that we continue to have the supply of human resources in our local market.”
He said HEC Fiji, will continue to urge Fijians to study in the registered institutions, as qualifications and programmes are accredited by Fiji Qualifications Framework.
The MWVTC offers two National Qualifications that are developed by HEC Fiji. These two are National Certificate in Aged Care and Community Care (Level 3) and National Certificate in Fashion, Manufacturing and Design (Level 2).
A total 1600 women have graduated from Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre.