A mother’s delight

Caption: Vashish-Narayan-with-his-mother. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Seeing her 20-year-old son get enrolled in an apprentice programme was a proud moment for a single mother.

Premila Devi Singh of Wainibokasi in Nausori was overwhelmed as her son got accepted to work as an apprentice at Government Printers in Vatuwaqa.

Twelve new apprentices joined the largest public sector printer this year, in a programme co-ordinated and facilitated by National Training and Productivity Centre. The apprentices were welcome and briefed with their parents, at a session organised by the employer and NTPC to familiarise the apprentices and parents with the national initiative.

Ms Singh’s son, Vashish Narayan was one of a total of 100 applicants.

“This is a proud moment for me as I want my son to stand on his own two feet and become something in life. As a single mother, I have worked very hard and it is a great joy to see him start a great journey. I am more than glad that such a programme is in place to help young people,” said Ms Singh.

She believes in good parenting to keep apprentices on the right track always.

“This is my son’s second chance to prove himself and I will ensure that he completes this training successfully. I have always lectured him to do the right thing in life and will continue to do so. I believe every parent/guardian must firmly stand behind and support their child so they don’t shift away from their main objective,” said the proud mother.

Vashish said he was aexcited about the programme, which he believes is an excellent forum for youths like him to prove themselves.

National Apprentice Training Scheme Acting Manager Kamual Dayal reminded the 12 new apprentices to do their work with full dedication and commitment.

“Punctuality is very important and you must not waste any time. There are a lot of opportunities out there for apprentices and now is the time for you to make your foundation strong,” encouraged Mr Dayal.

He also urged the parents and guardians to monitor their children so they can do their best at all times.

The new apprentices will spend four years at Government Printers as part of the scheme to learn and master the art of printing, production processes and procedures involved.

Apprenticeship is a form of post-secondary training that teaches the skills and competencies necessary to perform tasks to an industry standard.

It is a combination of on-the-job training and related classroom instruction under the supervision of the employer and the institution running the programme for the industry.

NTPC runs this programme in conjunction with the industry.

For more information please contact Communications Office on 3393110.


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