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Students get first taste of seafarers training

January 23, 2019 9:11 am

Thirty newly-enrolled students of the Fiji National University’s Maritime Academy are currently undertaking a 10-day residential camp to boost team bonding.

This is to also ensure that students know more about the programmes they will pursue in semester 1.

FMA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mahesa Abeynayake says students will learn more about the maritime industry and the high standards they have to follow to become disciplined cadets.

He says students often drop out as they find it difficult to cope with the training programme.

The senior academic says there are also cases where graduates found it difficult to secure employment due to lack of knowledge, skills or not having the right attitude.

The new students will tour ports, terminals and witness how containers are loaded and unloaded from ships.

The students will travel to Nukulau Island this weekend and will spend a night as part of a team bonding session.

This is the fourth year the camp has been organized by the Fiji Maritime Academy.