Graduates Not Ready For Employment: Hazelman
Graduates are not ready for employment, says Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation chief executive officer Nesbitt Hazelman. He made this comment during the Commonwealth Youth Forum held at the University of Fiji Saweni campus in Lautoka yesterday.
Mr Hazelman, who was one of the three panellists during the discussion on youth employability and entrepreneurship, was responding to questions on “Are graduates ready for employment”.
He said when workers get employment, they are retrained which is an added cost for employers.
“It is because employees put aside at least 5 per cent of their total payroll on retraining workers when they come to the workplace,” he said.
“The hard skills in literacy and maths, although they are very important, employers today want workers to have the ability to think outside the box, the ability to basically communicate and teamwork are the key.”
Mr Hazelman said the Government has to ensure that entrepreneurship is inculcated in the primary and second school curriculums and allow students to think outside the box. He added that the modern future of work in the Pacific and the world is people with more co-operative skills.