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Fijian seafarers would be introduced to a new course at the Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) from next week.

The revitalisation of the FMA will take place next Monday March 9 with its grand launch and rebranding in a move that will have far reaching effects for Fijian seafarers.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will unveil the new training institute at the Laucala Campus of the Fiji National University.

Seafarers would be introduced to a new course unit in social education to prepare them for interviews, how to meet the expectations of their employers and how to get on with their life at sea.

FMA chief executive officer Captain Suren Gurusinghe said the course was complemented with the creation of a disciplinary officer position.

“This country has produced some great seafarers over the years, but a general lack of discipline and a casual attitude have proven obstacles for Fijian seafarers being employed in the maritime industry,” Capt Gurusinghe said.

“We want to provide our students with an opportunity that will see them gain experience and stature across the globe, and if that means going back to the basics, then it’s certainly a step in the right direction.”

Spearheading the social education under the leadership of the CEO is Seema Agrawal, who is a senior training officer in the Department of Aviation and Travel at the National Training and Productivity Centre.

“We are living in a world where one has only fifteen seconds to make an impression” Mrs Agarwal said.

“Etiquette, manners and personal grooming are increasingly playing an important role to open right doors. The idea at our Makeover Course is to teach you rules and provide you with the equipment that will help you succeed.”

Source: Fiji Sun Onlline