For 19-year-old Louise Farrell, signing up as an apprentice with Wormald Fire & Security provides her with an opportunity to prove to critics that females are stepping up to take on roles in the growing electrical engineering industry.
Farrell is amongst the five National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) students who recently signed contracts, signalling the beginning of a four-year paid training career.
Following her Certificate in Electrical Engineering at the Fiji National University (FNU), Farrell says she chooses to train under Wormald, given its reputation as an industry leader in Fiji. She adds she is confident that the company will give her equal opportunities to grow.
“I know this is going to be a big challenge which I am willing to take up mostly to prove to people that there are women in Fiji eager to take up roles in this field,” Farrell says.
“In the next four years, I see myself graduating as an apprentice and making a career with this company, by taking up all the experiences and opportunities that come my way.”
Meanwhile, NTPC Director, Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata advises trainees that thousands had gone through the apprentice scheme over the years and has become highly successful people.
“I must emphasise the importance of discipline, consistency and honesty. Listen to your supervisors and learn as much as possible. With this, you will be able to grow within the company and industry and you will have a bright future,” Dr Tagicakiverata says.
“This is a big commitment from the company (Wormald) as they have undertaken a big responsibility in taking you on so we need to ensure that you reciprocate by showing commitment to your role as well.”
Wormald Fire & Security General Manager, Rigamoto Taito the apprenticeship schemes allows his organisation “more successfully tap into the employment market”.
“We really appreciate our history with NTPC as we have come a long way from doing basic training programmes into a venture such as this,” Taito says.
“When it comes to a specialised industry, it is important to try to get the training you get from the start aligned to what we doing out in the field as technologies rapidly change.”