LOCAL building contractors’ have been urged to engage Rural Training Centre (RTC) students as part of developing the trade industry.
This was highlighted by Ben Henry, a long time experienced construction administrator during an interview with this paper this week.
He said most students come from various RTC in the country having difficulty seeking part time practical jobs in Honiara.
“Therefore contractors need to work together by helping these students develop their knowledge and skills that relates to what they have learnt from their respective schools by engaging them in the field.
“As contractors we are part of the helping arms to the industrial education in this country,” Mr Henry said.
“Our trade students are very important people in the future infrastructure development of this country.
“And we must help to support; develop their capacity of infrastructure developments in our society.
“When they expose to practical side of what they learn from the centres it will improve their working skills and Solomon Islands will be one of the countries with many skillful people.”
Not only that but as students they also need financial support to sustain their learning process in education, Mr Henry said.
One of the RTC students from Ngalikekero in North Malaita Casley Ratu who is being engaged with MS FINJAY construction company Ltd said they were lucky to come out and learn from experience people in Honiara.
“From what we experience here it helps us improve our understanding in construction and equipped us with extra knowledge from what we learn from school.”
Meanwhile more than 30 students from various RTCs in the country are currently engaging with MS FINJAY constructions.
The students will complete their one year practical before going back to their respective schools.