The University of the South Pacific Lautoka Campus held a graduation ceremony on Monday 8th April to honor its first batch of students to complete the Office Assistance Training and Workplace Attachment Programme.
Sixteen youths from the Western Division have better employment and career prospects thanks to the Youth Employment Network (YEN) Program that commenced June last year (2012).
YEN is an initiative of FRIEND and offered in partnership with the University of the South Pacific Lautoka Campus.
The program is funded by the European Union and is aimed at empowering youths by preparing them with relevant skills to enhance their employability.
Campus Director Dr Pramila Devi commended the youths on their achievement and encouraged them to utilize the knowledge gained during the program to the best of their ability.
“It is now your responsibility to make the best use of the opportunity that has been provided to you by FRIEND,” said Dr Devi.
“Tips of self-management and empowerment that you have received will take you a long way. My advice to you is to stay positive and keep focused. You can be the role model not only for other YEN participants and future graduates but also for youths of your community and the nation.”
Dr Devi said the programme fit into the Campus’ Continuing and Community Education program which engages into local communities assisting them to uplift their living standard.
Chief Guest and representative from the EU, Jean-Christophe Virieu, congratulated the youths on the successful completion of their training and wished them the best in their future.
Mr Virieu told the youths that if they want to achieve something, they can by all means. “Remember, if it’s to be, it’s up to me,” he said.
In a vote of thanks, training participant Chaya Dutt, who gained her practical training at the Lautoka Campus, said the funding from EU had given the youths a second chance in life by providing much needed employable skills.