Tulovovinaka Akapusi was one of the eager students present during the apprenticeship signing between the Fiji National University’s (FNU), National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) and Mechanical Services Limited (MSL).
The 21-year-old is one of six students signed by MSL through the NTPC Apprenticeship Scheme. He is currently enrolled in the Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning course.
“I am grateful to be selected for this programme. The NTPC’s Apprenticeship Department will be monitoring all the apprentices so that they are committed and engaged well with their classroom and practical work,” he shared.
“Classroom training and hands on training will provide me with the relevant and first-hand experience needed when we join the industries.”
NTPC Director, Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata said the University was grateful that Mechanical Services Limited has agreed to sign on six apprentices from FNU and provide industry exposure.
“We are pleased to note that in the next few months, they will be signing more apprentices into the programmes. This means a total of 30 apprentices will be signed this year,” he said.
“Mechanical Services Limited also has a long history of participating in the Apprenticeship Scheme.”
The role of the National Apprenticeship Training Scheme is regulated and administered by NTPC through the support from the industries. This addresses the skills required and to produce a competent and certified work force for organisations.
The Scheme is a tripartite agreement between the apprentice, employer and NTPC. The apprentices are monitored and trained by competent personnel from the industry for a duration of three to four years. It allows the apprentice to be paid as employees while they learn on the job, and simultaneously studying for academic awards on a part-time basis at the University.
The Apprenticeship Scheme is one of the most significant skills development programmes in Fiji, and its contribution towards national growth has been invaluable.