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FRCS Launches Tertiary Entry Level Paid Program (TELPP)

We were delighted to launch our Tertiary Entry Level Paid Program (TELPP) this morning at our Regional Training Centre at Nasese Complex in Suva.

TELPP has been developed through the technical assistance from the Australian Tax Office (ATO). The Program provides an early engagement point, aiming to attract, recruit and retain high quality tertiary students undertaking relevant bachelor’s program or above and looking for paid work and experience aligned to their current studies.

During the launch of the TELPP, FRCS Acting CEO Mr, Malakai Naiyaga a key pillar in FRCS’s Strategic Plan for 2023 -2025 is People and as a Service institution, having well trained, well developed and engaged people are crucial to the effectiveness of the services that we provide.

“We want to be an “employer of choice”.  I am sure most of you know that it is easier said than done – where we create an environment that reflects valuing every member of our staff and recognizing the critical importance of their learning and development.  It is a destination that we aspire to get to,” Mr. Naiyaga said.

“A key national issue currently is labour migration, loss of skilled and semi-skilled people to overseas countries.  Indeed, it is a global issue that companies, institutions and Governments are dealing with, and it is important that we deal with this matter promptly.  Australia as well as NZ have rolled out appropriate programs which most of us are aware of,” he said.

“Skills shortages are bound to put pressure on our ability to effectively carry out our function and the services we provide to Fiji individuals and businesses.  At FRCS, we must seek to attract talent early with the desired qualifications and remain contemporary and competitive in the employment market.”

Mr. Naiyaga expressed his gratitude to the Australian Government and ATO for their support with TELPP.

He said TELPP ensures that FRCS invests in, and builds, an appropriately skilled workforce, with the right attitude and cultural traits to meet our workforce requirements now and into the future.

“The current rates of migration require FRCS to innovate and pursue best-practice recruitment methods. The technical assistance support provided by the ATO plays an important role in the development of this program.”

Mr. Naiyaga said FRCS and ATO has an official tax partnership supported by the Australian Government under the “Vuvale” partnership. This Partnership affirms our shared ambition to use this connection as the basis for a new, higher level of cooperation.

He added that TELPP is one of the achievements demonstrating the collaboration between FRCS and ATO and both organisations are currently working on other important tax areas which will benefit the Fijian Economy.

The First Secretary Governance at the Australian High Commission in Fiji, Ms. Rebecca Brown who was the Chief Guest of the TELPP launch said that TELPP is one element of Australia’s support for raising the next generation of leaders in the Fijian public sector and addressing skill shortages.

“Under our Fiji and Australia Vuvale Partnership, we are supporting Government to strengthen education service delivery, supporting a new generation of leaders through the Australia Awards Scholarship program, and boosting skills development through the Australian Pacific Training Coalition,” Ms. Brown said.

“And now, as a result of the strong and effective partnership between the ATO and the FRCS, we are pleased to support Fiji Government, and in particular the FRCS, in its innovative approach to attracting and retaining Graduate talent and remaining competitive in the increasingly tight employment market.

“By offering an early engagement point with tertiary students, the Program will provide an opportunity for university students to acquire targeted and paid work experience  in a formalized development program.”

According to Ms. Brown, the transfer of skills and formalized training will not only contribute to a pipeline of future leaders for Fiji’s public service but will assist FRCS in meeting its critical workforce targets now and into the future.

She also stated that considering the important role of tax administration, she is confident that the TELPP will help to ensure FRCS remains an “employer of choice” in its field.

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