Vice President Faisal Naseem has stated that the progress of a nation depends on its ability to produce a skilled work force. He made the remarks on Wednesday, while speaking at the graduation ceremony for the year 2022 of the Dhiraagu Apprenticeship Program held at JEN Maldives.

During the ceremony, 15 apprentices successfully graduated from the Dhiraagu Apprenticeship Program.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Vice President applauded Dhiraagu and its executives for introducing such a socially beneficial program and continuing the program for 13 consecutive years in efforts to develop a skilled workforce.

In his remarks, the Vice President shed light on a changing world where anything can happen at any time and stressed the importance of building a resilient and strong workforce. He also emphasised the importance this administration attaches to the education sector and human resource development. In this regard, he spoke about the thousands of students benefiting from the free degree program and vocational training programs initiated by this administration.

The Vice President also encouraged young people to never give up on their pursuit of learning new talents and to utilize the opportunities that are available to them.

The Dhiraagu Apprenticeship Program is the first corporate apprenticeship program introduced in the Maldives. It is a key CSR initiative of Dhiraagu with the objective of helping develop employability skills in Maldivian youth. The company has been conducting an apprenticeship program since 2009, and a total of 247 young people have enrolled in the program up to date.