FNU Upskills Nauru’s Workforce Through Targeted Training

Posted On: May 20, 2024

A partnership between The Fiji National University (FNU) and the Government of Nauru’s Department of Multicultural Affairs has empowered over 700 Nauruans.

The collaboration saw the graduation of these individuals from practical courses ranging from the fundamentals of baking and patisserie to household and sanitary plumbing, small engine repair, carpentry, refrigeration and air conditioning, and front office management for the hotel and resort industry.

Specialising in areas like community education, construction, tourism, and automotive repair, fashion, and travel, FNU’s National Training and Productivity Centre delivered these programmes in Nauru aimed at benefiting people in diverse sectors.

At the graduation ceremony in Nauru late last month, FNU’s Chancellor and Chair of Council, Mr Semesa Karavaki, praised both the participants and the Nauru government for their dedication.

He emphasised the programmes success as a result of a strong partnership built on mutual respect and a shared vision for the future.

“These achievements are a testament to the unwavering commitment of both Fiji National University and the Government of Nauru to empower individuals with industry-relevant skills and knowledge,” said Mr Karavaki.

“Through the MOU signed between our institutions, we have forged a partnership built on mutual respect, collaboration, and a shared vision for the future.”

Nauru’s Department of Multicultural Affairs representative, Junior Olsson, emphasised their commitment to continuing this collaboration and providing more skills development programmes for the Nauru community.

“Organising the graduation was a challenge, but our team worked hard to ensure its success. We are committed to continuing this journey and developing more skills for the Nauru community,” Olsson said.

Suli, a fashion design graduate, expressed her delight and appreciation for FNU’s initiative.

“We learned so much! Before, most of us didn’t even know how to use a sewing machine. Thanks to FNU, we can now fulfill our dreams of working in fashion design. We are saving money by making our own clothes and look forward to future training opportunities,” stated Suli.

Saro Pali a graduate of the caregiving course commended the programme and the possibilities it presents for the people of Nauru.

“This programme has been amazing. I am grateful for the opportunity and the support from FNU and our government. All that is left now is to establish a caregiving center here on the island,” concludes Pali.