With their Annual General Meeting scheduled for November 22nd this year, the Fiji Master Builders Association (FMBA) is now reviewing key issues affecting their members to be discussed at the event.
One of their primary concerns is training.
Established since l961addressing concerns that affect the building industry, FMBA’s membership of 40 is comprised of the top construction contractors in the country employing up to 15,000 workers.
The shortage of trade skills in the construction sector according to FMBA Secretary Mr Vijay Naidu reflects the “strong need for more targeted training across the industry.”
He said the post TC Winston reconstruction period also gave rise to the need for a better trained construction workforce.
“We must accept that not all students coming out of the education system will end up in universities and white collar jobs. The FMBA is keen to work with our technical colleges to help make this industry more attractive as a serious career option for many of our young people,” said Mr Naidu.
Against the backdrop of a 4.2 percent economic growth in 2017, supported by a strong 3.6 per cent growth outlook by the Reserve Bank for next year, Mr Naidu says a significant portion of that will also involve the building segment.
With Government’s focus also on providing affordable housing to first time home owners, Mr Naidu adds “The FMBA is well placed to help facilitate such initiatives by way of supplying a better trained and skilled workforce that will reflect in better quality housing standards here in Fiji.”
The FMBA is also open to working with training providers such as the National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) and Fiji National University (FNU) to revive the apprenticeship schemes, popular from the 1970’s, as a “sustainable form of on the job training.”
FMBA members are encouraged to register their interest in attending their upcoming AGM on November 22nd with Secretary Mr Vijay Naidu on 9994 250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org