Around 16 participants from across the tourism sector, retail businesses, Tanna area councils, schools, government departments and the shipping industry came together to join the COVID-19 Safe Business Operations (SBO) industry training-of-trainers, held on Tanna from 15th-16th April.
This is the third series of COVID SBO training-of-trainers after Port Vila and Santo led by Department of Tourism (DoT) in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), APTC, Vanuatu Skills Partnership (VSP) and World Vision Vanuatu (WVV). The training of trainers is facilitated by APTC with the support of the Government of Australia.
The training aims to strengthen businesses and workplaces to prepare, understand, respond, and take responsibility under each of the transmission scenarios and carry out the recommended Public Health actions under the COVID Safe Business Operations Guidelines that were launched by Prime Minister Bob Loughman in October 2020.
First day of the training started with level one; introduction to basic COVID-19 precaution measures, and the second day covers level two which is more descriptive of the SBO guidelines and how participants can prepare their own covid-19 safe business plan to meet the SBO guidelines.
TAFEA province tourism chairman, Mr. Daniel Samson, was pleased to see a high turnout representing industry businesses and institutions around Tanna.
“This is a very important training and am so happy to see a good turnout today,” he said. “I am sure you all will leave here with a lot of new ideas and plans to continue to reach out and train more people around TAFEA province on the SBO rules and guidelines so that we can operate in a safe environment.”
While industry businesses are finding the training useful, other members representing institutions such as schools and area councils have expressed on the importance of attending the training.
“We all deserve to know this information and for me coming from a training institution, I now can share to everyone to keep our students and staff members safe,” said Christian Tatalida trainer at Green Hill City Trade Vocational Training Centre.
First Political Adviser to the Ministry of Tourism, Trade, Commerce and Ni-Vanuatu Business, Mr. Thompson Pakoa, relayed the Vanuatu Government’s support towards the SBO training.
The COVID-19 Safe Business Operations Training coalition is made up of the Vanuatu Department of Tourism, the APTC, the Department of Public Health, the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Vanuatu Skills Partnership, World Vision Vanuatu and the Ministry of Education and Training.