During the Pre-Departure Orientation training held at the Centre for Training and Development (CTD) Nasese this week, the 18 workers from Levuka and two from Vanua Levu were happy and excited to have been selected for seasonal work employment opportunities.
Team leader, Sitiveni Sovaki Waqawai extended his appreciation to the employer, Bostok New Zealand (NZ), the ‘vanua’ and the Fijian Government for providing the opportunity to work under the RSE worker scheme.
“We are indeed blessed and grateful to the Employment Ministry for this employment opportunity and especially for the National Employment Centre (NEC) staff in preparing us for what is ahead of us,” Mr Waqaiwai said.
In closing the pre-departure training, the Turaga-na-Tui Levuka, Ratu Etonia Seru as the representative of the ‘vanua’ of Levuka encouraged the 20 selected seasonal workers to do well.
“I know all of you have a title back in your different villages and I know none of you wants to bring back bad news to your communities. I’m here to relay the message from the ‘vanua’ for you to work as a team, think of each other in time of need and work smarter,” Ratu Seru said.
“Be reminded that the ‘vanua’ selected you and you are not self-nominated; therefore, I encourage you young people to perform your work to your best ability and this will also allow others who have not participated to experience the same and reap its benefits. Your performance will somehow affect your group, family, village, Tikina and the ‘vanua’ as a whole,” he added.
The team was also challenged by the Tui Levuka on the performance of the group from Wayalailai, Yasawa and that it should be an inspiration to them.
Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations permanent secretary Salaseini Daunbuna presented the pre-departure orientation certificates to the 20 selected seasonal workers with words of encouragement.