Training To Enhance Mandarin

[Source]    DEPTFO News [Time]    2018-10-24 14:57:40 

Budding chinese speakers with their trainer Jie Huang (front middle).

To facilitate the engagement of youths in the tourism industry, the Ministry of Youth and Sports is currently training 30 youths from all over the Western Division on basic Chi-nese language.

While introducing participants to the Chinese (Mandarin) language, the train-ing also familiarises them to the culture and some customs to assist them should they find work.

Facilitated by the University of the South Pacific¡¯s Confucius Institute in Lautoka, the two-week training is part of training conducted in the Western Divi-sion to empower youths on the job mar-ket.

Training co-ordinator, Karunagaran Nair, said training facilitated by the Min-istry is designed to assist youths in their quest for work.

¡°This training will boost the marketabil-ity of the youth in the various workplac-es especially for place such as Nadi with its tourist population¡± said Mr Nair.

¡°There is a noticeable trend in the num-ber of visitors from China into the coun-try and this has created a demand for Chi-nese speaking guides which right now is a rare commodity in the country.¡±

Mr Nair adds that the current batch of trainees will also get an opportunity to take an internationally recognised Chi-nese Language Proficiency Test and ex-cellent students could be nominated for a Chinese Bridge Competition in China.

¡°While the course is designed to meet the current demands and build better pathways for success, it also enables the youth to blend with the concept of ¡®Thinking Globally Acting Locally¡¯,¡± Mr Nair said.

Budding Early Childhood teacher Vinee-ta Latchmi said such training gives more work opportunities for young people.


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