More Solomon Islanders are benefiting from the Seasonal Workers Program (SWP) with Australia and New Zealand.

80 Solomon Islanders left over the weekend for Australia and New Zealand to work under the SWP for the next six months.

Out of a total of 84 workers, 29 will be travelling to seven fields in Darwin, Australia, while the other 55 will work in various farms around New Zealand, engaging mostly in fruit picking.

The workers were selected by approved agents from the two countries with support from the Labour Mobility Unit of the Solomon Islands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade which shows a significant increase this year.

The increase in numbers of Solomon Islands seasonal workers to Australia is due to improvements made with the recruitment process, understanding the market intelligences including identifying specific needs of employers (customers), responding to the needs and building a cohesive relationship with Australian Employers.

Prior to their departure, the workers received pre-departure trainings from the Labour Mobility officials and other stakeholders including the AVI, the Ministry of health, the Police and Bank Officials.

The workers were encouraged to perform well and to respect the laws and cultures of their host countries during their stay.

Solomon Islands are expected to send more than 300 workers to New Zealand before the year ends.