The National Apprenticeship Scheme was introduced in 1963 under the Ministry of Labour and known as the Fiji Apprenticeship Council. In 1974, the responsibility was passed to Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji (then Fiji National Training Council) for expansion. Transformation of FNTC to TPAF was carried out in 2003, the National Apprenticeship Training Department was passed on to the National Standards and Accreditation Council.
The role of National Apprenticeship Training Scheme is regulated and administered by the National Training & Productivity Centre through the support from the Industries to address the skills required and to produce competent and certified work force for the organisations. The objective of the scheme is to develop a more skilful Fijian workforce that delivers long term benefits for our nation and for international competitiveness.
The Scheme is a tripartite agreement between the apprentice, employer and NTPC, and the apprentices are monitored and trained by a competent personnel from the industry for a duration of three to four years. It allows the individual (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.
Apprenticeship Scheme is one of the most significant skills development programme in Fiji, and its contribution towards the national growth has been invaluable. To date there have been 8,773 graduates under the National Apprentice Scheme.
The Apprenticeship Scheme is an investment for employers to develop a robust pool of qualified talent ultimately investing in business success. When companies have ready access to potential employees who possess the specialized skills necessary to succeed, they gain the ability to develop a workforce that will drive enhanced productivity, reliability, safety and quality.