The Fiji Times » First licensed employer of Fijian descent returns home to offer job opportunities

A former Fijian citizen whose humble beginnings began in the village of Suvavou in Suva, Fiji, was in the country earlier this month as the first Approved Employer (AE) of Fijian descent under the Pacific Scheme Australia Labor Mobility (PALM).

Mr. Viliame Likusuasua emigrated with his family to Australia in 2008. He started Pickers and Pruners Labor Hire in 2016 in Waikerie, South Australia.

According to the manager of Pickers and Pruners Labor Hire, Mr Likusuasua, previously it mainly employed backpackers in Australia.

Manager Likusuasua pursued his goal and soon Pickers and Pruners Labor Hire Pty Ltd became an approved employer under the PALM program in 2019.

They currently have a cohort of 12 Fijian workers on site who were mobilized in April 2022. They have recently ventured into long-term worker recruitment with 2 active recruitment plans for 22 workers to be mobilized this month with 20 to hire under the title of seasonal worker. program while 2 will be hired under the Pacific Labor Program (PLS)

While in Fiji, Director Likusuasua and his family met with Ministry of Employment staff and discussed their recruitment plan for Fiji’s seasonal and long-term workers.

The Director of the National Employment Center, Mr. Lui Mario, on behalf of the Fijian Government, expressed his deep appreciation to Mr. Likusuasua for having Fiji at heart and for his visit to Fiji to provide more opportunities of employment to other potential Fijian citizens in the near future.