Providing skills for improved livelihoods for sugarcane industry workers
Rakiraki district suffered widespread damages as a result of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston in February 2016. As a result, Fiji Sugar Corporation’s Penang Mill sustained severe damages leaving many mill workers without employment and a source of income.
The European Union and the Australian Government responded quickly to build the capacities of the displaced workers to help them gain alternative livelihoods to sustain their livelihoods through the European Union-funded Training Support to the Fijian Sugarcane Industry Project, that provided training delivered by the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC).
We followed the journey of three displaced mill workers – Joji Miller, Petero Tuilewa and Leone Vosailagi – and how their lives were transformed through the APTC training.
Today, Joji, Petero and Leone are three of over 1,600 sugarcane industry workers who have attained Australian qualifications from APTC as part of the Training Support to the Fijian Sugarcane Industry project.