Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On


Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in www.connectme.com.fj/news/opinion. I thank Allen and Connect for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that.
Employment Centre

We have encouraged our children to go to school. Government subsidizes some kinds of payment that enables parents to send children to school. (I hope.)

We have three universities, hundreds of secondary and primary schools run by government, the various religions organisations and private institutions. We also have special schools for the handicapped and the blind. Education is the key to success, it has been said. But that’s debatable.

Another thousand citizens will have graduated from USP. The Fiji National University just churned out round about 2,000. We put emphasis on education yet a report says that not all will have a job. Can we remedy this?

 One way would be to gauge the market and then advertise for places in tertiary institutions so that we don’t over-populate a certain field. For instance, computer science is popular. I know of many people who have academic qualifications and are unemployed because the market is flooded. We have so many analysts in Fiji who can gauge the market and tell the institutions and schools to prepare students for particular fields. If we have a flood of applications for a certain field, we can tell students to choose another because that particular field is full and jobs will not be guaranteed.

In fact,  Fiji should set up an employment centre where all companies, private and government, list vacancies. Likewise unemployed or people seeking other jobs can send in their resumes. The employment centre will have all vacancies and a list of all unemployed people in Fiji. 

 How the centre will operate is obvious. Let’s do it.

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