Don’t Be Afraid To Try New Things



“ Don’t be afraid to try new things.”

This mantra by Sikeli Naivaluraua put him on a flight to Australia, among the latest batch of seasonal Fijian meat-workers recruited under the Australia-Pacific Labour Scheme.
For the 29-year old, it’s a step forward in providing for his young family.
“I was also encouraging my former workmates because our objectives are the same; we are here to support the family and it shouldn’t be a stumbling block for everyone to try out new things,” Mr Naivaluraua said.
A native of Tavuki Village in Kadavu, the Nausori resident was employed at Goodman Fielder’s processing plant.
“My cousin told me about the PLS and we have both been recruited. I went to the recruitment drive and it was a three-week interview process. I was working and called to attend the first interview. They shortlisted the first lot. So, I attended the first- and second-week interviews in July and am now travelling with my cousin. Our families are pleased and I would really encourage youths and those looking to work abroad to check out any National Employment Centre office around the country. Just register your interest and there might be something there for you."
The father of two departed with 18 others for Naracoorte in South Australia on Monday, while today, a further batch of 11 leave for Rockhampton, joining four Fijians who are already based there.
A further group of 30 meat workers leave next month. They join the ranks of four Fijian meat workers stationed to Biloela, Queensland, 10 in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales and three Commis chefs on Hayman Island.
Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Parveen Kumar said mobility schemes such as PLS strengthened close relations between Fiji and Australia, while providing financial and vocational benefits to Fijian families.
"On top of meat workers, Fiji is also exploring opportunities in Australia's aged care, hospitality and agricultural sectors.
When workers return home after their time in Australia, they bring with them new skills and savings which can be used to start local businesses, build new houses and support the development of Pacific economies. This has a positive impact on communities."
This week, through the PLS, the InterContinental Group is recruiting Fijian staff at the NEC office in Namaka, Nadi.
The hotel company is seeking room attendants, kitchen stewards, public area attendants and Commis chefs for their property on the Hayman Islands, where several Fijian chefs are already based. Fiji signed onto the PLS in April this year.