Over 100 participants were part of a two week Mobile Skills Training organised and coordinated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports at Namaqumaqu Community Hall in Serua recently.
The training on Class 6 Restricted Marine Engineering was facilitated by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji.
The Minister for Youth and Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou encouraged participants to empower and motivate other youths in their community to undergo such training.
“I must acknowledge the assistance received from MSAF in facilitating this training,” Tuitubou said.
“We have been organising and coordinating such training opportunities to ensure that remote villages and youths gain knowledge on the operations of an outboard engine, its maintenance, technical specifications and other safety requirements while at sea.”
He said the training will assist youths find employment in their villages as boats are used as the primary means of transportation.
“These participants will be able to hone their skills in the open waters and find jobs locally as skippers,” he said.
“In their communities, they will be able to operate their own outboards and create new job ventures in the tourism industry.”
A youth participant from Pacific Harbour, David Blake, said, “I sincerely thank the Ministry for organising the training for us. The training will enable me to know more about operating a boat especially with transfer of tourists from Deuba to Beqa and also for day cruising”.
Similar sentiments were shared by Livia Daubulu of Namaqumaqua village.
“After undergoing the training, I have belief in the saying “what boys can do, girls can do much better” – I will use the knowledge gained in empowering other female youths in my community and the resort I work for. This will also add extra value to my Curriculum Vitae while looking for job opportunities,” Daubulu said.