‘Gap’ in workforce – Cawaru: Ministry to address issues

Osea Cawaru. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT

The Ministry of Employment is working around-the-clock in trying to address concerns raised to them from various organisations and institutions regarding the high turnover of people from work places leaving for Australia and New Zealand.

Permanent secretary for Employment Osea Cawaru said this had left a gap in the market which needed to be filled.

Mr Cawaru said they were now working with the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation, training institutions and other stakeholders to help address this issue. ”

We need training centres to further train Fijians to fill in these gaps,” he said.

“We should understand that we are sending people with set skills and no set skills at all to go and work in Australia and New Zealand. Mr Cawaru said the ministry had successfully sent up over 6000 Fijians to Australia and New Zealand under the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility scheme and as well the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme.

Mr Cawaru said they were sending people every week and the highest number of people they were able to send was 300.

“We are looking at the day where we will send 400 and 500 Fijians one time to go and work in these places,” he added.

He also highlighted that the Government was thankful for the assistance provided by the Australian government in the development of the In-Country Recruitment Database that would reduce paperwork at the National Employment Centre and hopefully go to online registration.

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