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Lack of civil engineers: WAF

July 14, 2015 6:37 pm

Utility providers are facing a shortage of skilled labour and one such entity is the Water Authority of Fiji.

Chief executive Opetaia Ravai says a lot of infrastructure development is taking place around the country and Fiji has to hire overseas experts.

Ravai says there are not enough civil engineers and they are liaising with the Higher Education Commission to cater for such courses.

“Putting in place systems, not only that within our organizations – we need to be working with the universities and that is why we developed the in-house graduate trainee program – where we take in fresh graduates – take them through the mill so to speak, learn on the job and hopefully get them interested to build a career at WAF.”

Ravai says this will not stop the brain-drain, however it will be slowed down.

The Water Authority of Fiji has received more than eight hundred thousand dollars from New Zealand to allow WAF engineers to undergo training.