Fiji's Acting Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Honourable Timoci Natuva during the launch of the annual Entrepreneurial and Career Fair in Laucala.
The acting Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Honourable Timoci Lesikivatukoula Natuva officially launched The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) annual Entrepreneurial and Career Fair on 18 April, 2016.
This is the fourth year of the Entrepreneurial and Career Fair and the theme for this year is, “Entrepreneurship and Employability.”
The week-long event organised by USP Campus Life, will allow students to explore potential employment opportunities provided by employers in Fiji and the region.
Speaking during the launch, Honourable Natuva said that “career” has always been a significant topic for students when studying at the University level.
He added that the Entrepreneurial and Career Fair affirms that USP is addressing one of its key priority areas of its Strategic Plan (2013 – 2018), that of creating entrepreneurial awareness for USP and the region.
Students at the Entrepreneurial and Career Fair in Laucala.
Some of the activities organised as part of the Fair include a careers exposition with 60 employers at the University’s student carpark, Faculty Focus Sessions, where industry stakeholders relevant to each of the three faculties of USP will be speaking to the students.
A ‘Job Seeking Skills Workshop’ has also been organised for graduating students to make them more competitive in the employment market, and an Entrepreneurial Workshop (Small Business Incubator Workshop) has been organised throughout the week for students to create entrepreneurial awareness and make them more enterprising in creating employment.
Honourable Natuva further added that one of the primary focuses of the Fijian Government is to reduce unemployment below the current 6.9 per cent to around 4 per cent over the next three years.
He urged employers and organisational representatives present at the launch, to be committed to this initiative taken by USP and help provide employment opportunities to USP graduates as the future of Fiji and the region.
USP Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Student Services), Professor Richard Coll said that the Fair not only addresses the needs of the Pacific region but it also evaluates the University’s programmes for its relevance in ensuring that students get the right jobs in the market.
He pointed out that entrepreneurship and small business development are part of the University’s vision for its graduates.
“They teach the students that as graduates, they will begin to see themselves as potential employers rather than automatically viewing themselves as being employees,” Professor Coll added.
The 2016 Entrepreneurial and Career Fair is from 18-22 April 2016.
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