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APTC Paka Wakanivonoloa

Paka Wakanivonoloa

Paka Wakanivonoloa has 20 years of experience in building and constructing pre-cast slabs, and constructing high rise buildings and timber dwellings. He joined APTC in May 2010 and started his teaching career as a tutor, working his way up to become a construction trainer delivering Certificate III in Carpentry at the Suva Campus. Paka joined the Fiji Sugar Industry Project team in Rakiraki delivering Certificate II in Construction in June 2016. His role as a trainer is to ensure students are competent in the skills required of a construction worker and to ensure all works and training are carried out to the appropriate standards.

Paka’s vocational and training qualifications include Carpentry General Mod 1,2,3 from the Fiji National University (FNU), Training of Trainers Module 1&2 Instructional Skills Workshop (FNU), Certificate IV in Training and Assessment TAE, and Certificate III in Carpentry. He is currently completing a Diploma in Vocational Education and Training.

Paka’s goal working for the Fiji Sugar Industry Project is to provide quality education and training to students, leading to the development of self-directed learning.



APTC Emosi Tuinatewa

Emosi Tuinatewa

Emosi Tuinatewa has been working in the building industry in Fiji for over 10 years. He started as a labourer and worked his way up to Carpenter B and then Carpenter A level. He is now an vocational training assistant in carpentry with APTC in the Fiji Sugar Industry Project.

Before joining the APTC, Emosi worked for the University of the South Pacific for six years in the Minor Works Department, constructing new structures and buildings.  His qualifications include a Certificate III in Carpentry from APTC and a Class 2 Trade Certificate in Carpentry from the National Training and Productivity Centre of Fiji.

Emosi’s goal working for the APTC EU Fiji Sugar Industry Project is to ensure the students understand the standards required when building a house.



APTC Ponipate Rabukawaqa

Ponipate Rabukawaqa

Ponipate brings with him 10 years of experience working as a carpenter and joiner in Fiji. He was a self-employed builder before joining the APTC, and is now a vocational training assistant in carpentry for the Fiji Sugar Industry Project.

His qualifications include a Trade Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery from Fiji Institute of Technology, Class 3 in General Construction from the Training & Productivity Authority of Fiji, First Line Supervision in Building from the Fiji Institute of Technology and a Certificate III in Carpentry from APTC.

Ponipate’s goal working for the Fiji Sugar Industry Project is to make sure the students grasp the key concepts of carpentry by the end of their training.

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