Kumar: Demand for aged-care training

Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar middle (with garland) with members of the Nakorokula youth club who graduated with Aged-Care Certifi cation conducted by the Fiji National University. Picture: FIJIAN GOVERNMENT FACEBOOK PAGE

To meet the demand for aged-care training in Fiji, more and more training institutions in Fiji are signing up with the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC), said Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar.

He made the comment while handing out certificates to members of the Nakorokula youth club who graduated with Aged-Care Certification conducted by the Fiji National University.

“At this point in time, the only organisation that is recognised by the Australian government is the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC),” he said.

“There are more and more other organisations signing the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with APTC to provide this training because of the demand.

“Because if we only depend on APTC we will not be able to send our Fijians overseas. “That is why we are providing this training with a pathway to employment in Australia.

“We are reaching out to unreached youths through the provision of mobile skills training to receive some form of certification, develop their skills and gain experiences.”

Mr Kumar said Fijians were well known for aged care support in many developed countries such as Australia, New Zealand, and the US.

“The only reason we are identified and recognised in this field is that Fijians are well known for our patience, as this type of work requires a lot of endurance.”

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