About 1,500 Fijians who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the tourism industry will have an opportunity to learn new skills and enhance productivity with the launch of the “micro-credentials online course”.

Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Hon. Faiyaz Koya in launching the program said online education is likely to become permanent as more services like learning opportunities have moved online.

“With the right resources and opportunities, businesses are willing to invest in their workers and this is why a partnership between industry, Governments and development partners is critical,” Minister Koya said.

“The main objective of this partnership is to provide relevant training opportunities to Pacific tourism and hospitality industry in Fiji, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Tuvalu, Tonga and Vanuatu – all of who have been tremendously affected by the pandemic,” he added.

“As we use this time and opportunity to up-skill employees, the Fijian Government is also working hard to improve the business environment. For those interested in starting a business, you can get all the information on bizfiji.com.

This core-curriculum designed for the tourism sector workers is a forward-looking initiative by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) and Fiji Hotels and Tourism Association (FHTA), in partnership with the Japanese Government.

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