Returning seasonal workers under the New Zealand Recognized Seasonal Employer (RSE) and Australia Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) went through an informative workshop for two days in Nadi last week.
The two days awareness workshop is to connect returning seasonal workers to local organisations and local government agencies to understand the scheme and grants available to them to set up their own businesses.
Australian SWP returning seasonal worker, Mohammed Sahid Ali from Ba was grateful to the organisers for the workshop as he will be able to take back with him valuable lessons regarding farming techniques.
“My first participation in the SWP was in 2015 and my second trip was in 2016 and I worked for Plant Grow and Pick in Brisbane Australia. I was able to gain good money to support my family and build my house. I also was able to establish a small chicken farm which I’m hoping to grow in future.”
“From this workshop, I learned a lot about different farming techniques and equipment available through the Ministry of Agriculture, training of farming offered by Fiji Crop and Livestock Council and how to access land through the Land Bank,” he said.
New Zealand RSE returning seasonal worker, Mosese Vitinawaqavonovono from Nadi was thankful to be included in the workshop. The 20 year old is grateful to get ideas and assistance available to him on accessing and starting up his own business.
“I returned in October last year and worked for Pinoli Premium Pine Nuts. I was able to save good money of around $10,000.00. I never dreamt to work in an overseas country as I am a high school leaver.”
“I’m thankful to this RSE program as it has assisted in the extension of my house, and I have been able to raise livestock. This workshop has helped me think more about self-employment – how I can create a business of my own as a returning seasonal worker through the assistance of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism under the Integrated Human Resources Development Programme and other programmes,” he said.
The Reintegration pilot workshop was funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and initiated by a consultant group Cardno through their Labour Mobility Assistance Programme (LMAP). It was also facilitated by a local consultant group, Greenfields Enterprise Partnerships Party Limited.