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USP Lautoka Campus trains unemployed youth

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Dr Pramila Devi, Lautoka Campus Director (front row, middle) with participants of the Youth Employment Network (YEN) training programme.

Forty-two (42) unemployed youths from Lautoka went through an eight (8) week Office Assistance Training programme at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Lautoka Campus to equip them for new job markets. The training concluded on 19 January 2018.

The Youth Employment Network (YEN) training programme was a result of the partnership between the Lautoka Campus, Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprise and Development (FRIEND) and the participants were fully funded by OXFAM Fiji.

The aim of the training programme was to provide an opportunity to unemployed youths to upskill themselves to enable them to secure decent employment.

The soft skills and information technology (IT) skills provided to the youths during the training included personnel management skills, communication skills, writing reports and proposals,  customer service skills, job seeking skills, administrative skills for office assistant, office ethics, inventory management,  records management, fundamentals of IT, word processing, internet and email and electronic spreadsheets

Dr Pramila Devi, USP Lautoka Campus Director said after the eight (8) weeks training programme, the youths will now be placed on a six (6) week attachment programme by FRIEND.

“USP Lautoka will conduct the assessment and monitoring while the youths are attached with FRIEND and we will provide certification upon successful completion,” Dr Devi said.

“This training will provide a second chance to unemployed youth to get skills and experience job attachment and eventually find a job,” she added. 

“USP Lautoka Campus did a similar training between 2012 and 2014 in partnership with FRIEND.

A total of 200 youths were trained then, which was funded by the European Union,” Dr Devi said.

This news item was published on 21 Feb 2018 02:23:24 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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