It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC).
Over 12,000 Pacific Islanders from 14 Pacific Island Countries have graduated with an Australian qualification since APTC commenced delivery of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in 2007. In 2017, APTC achieved a milestone of reaching 10 years of providing TVET in the Pacific.
The APTC offers programs and qualifications from Certificate III to Diploma level in the automotive, manufacturing, construction, electrical, tourism, hospitality, education, management, and health and community services industry sectors.
The success of the APTC is measured by the achievements of our students. Skills and qualifications assist individuals to gain employment or advance their careers or even start their own small business. Graduates across the Pacific region are sought after for their skills and knowledge; skills that they so readily share in their workplaces.
Furthermore, this internationally recognised qualification assists those who wish to seek work opportunities abroad. This is very important to us at the APTC but it is really only part of the story of success.
The APTC does not operate in isolation. Real success is underpinned by strong partnerships based on mutual respect and trust. The APTC partners with many employers and industries across the region. We are demand driven, that is, we offer courses to develop real skills for employment, so important to the economic prosperity of Pacific Island Countries. We are active supporters of a broad range of industry associations and willingly participate in industry forums in order to gain feedback and ensure that our training is relevant.
We partner with training institutions who are invited to access the mature Australian TVET system to assist in building their own capacity in the delivery of TVET. The demand for skills development across the region is high and as such the APTC actively supports the development of TVET systems. The APTC seeks to partner with government and its various agencies across the region in order to support TVET and to ensure we align with existing policy wherever possible.
Most importantly, we partner with students themselves. We appreciate that our students are adults who come to the APTC with a wealth of experience. All at the APTC, our managers, trainers and tutors and administrative staff, are grateful for the opportunity to share in the learning experience. We encourage all our students to make the most of the training and to develop new networks and professional friendships with others from across the region. The APTC has active Alumni with Chapters located in many of the Pacific Island Countries that promote the APTC with pride.
Success is best expressed by the words of one of our graduates. When asked what the APTC did for him he replied, ‘It enabled me to believe in myself’. Through continued partnership, I am confident that success will be shared into the future.
Ms Denise O’Brien
Chief Executive Officer