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Tonga hosts the National Skills Steering Committee Meeting

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20th March, 2018 More than 40 participants from line ministries, private sectors, NGOs, Civil Society and training providers participated in a half-day National Skills Sector Steering Committee Meeting this morning at Tano’a International Dateline Hotel, Nuku’alofa.

The meeting was hosted by Tonga Skills and was chaired by the Chief Executive Officer of MEIDECC, Mr. Paula Pouvalu Ma’u on behalf of the Minister for MEIDECC Hon. Poasi Tei.

The half-day meeting aims for Tonga Skills to address the lack of access to quality skills development services, which are linked to economic development priorities and growth opportunities across Tonga.

Team Leader of the Tonga Skills for Inclusive Economic Growth Program, Dr. ‘Uhilamoelangi Fasi stated that Tonga Skills is one of the key investment of the Australian Government in Tonga. The purpose of Tonga Skills are to facilitate inclusive economic growth through targeted skills development and support skills sector reform to:

  • Improve analysis and planning of skills demand;
  • Support entrepreneurial outcomes and micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) development;
  • Address the barriers to participation in skills development for women, people with disability and those disadvantaged by geography;
  • Strengthen local training supply, and delivery mechanisms, within a locally-led, systems-based approach.

Dr. Fasi said, “Tonga Skills also facilitates delivery of inclusive training in the island districts of ‘Eua, Ha’apai, Tongatapu and Vava’u, working closely with the private sector, government ministries and the TNQAB to strengthen coordination, planning, and to respond inclusively to skill gaps across key priority sectors.”

He also stated that the Program’s Skills Development Fund (SDF) is a key mechanism and incentive for reform to improve the quality of skills training in Tonga.

“Since October 2016, the Program has facilitated the delivery of flexible and inclusive skills training to more than 400 ongoing clients with 14 local and international training providers in high-growth potential economic sectors of tourism, manufacturing, construction and agriculture.”

“We have been proud to be part of the early recovery effort following TC Gita working in partnership with MAFFF to deliver skills training in affected communities.”

The Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Mr. Andrew Ford stated that Tonga Skills and its program fits everywhere.

“Cyclone recovery – expect reshaping as needed, and targeted work with local communities. Appreciate the work in the agriculture sector, looking forward to hearing what they can do in the shelter space. And while we have been very focused on Tongatapu and ‘Eua in recent weeks, it will be very important to continue to focus on Vava’u, Ha’apai and other parts of Tonga.”

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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communications.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:18 )  

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