The Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) has achieved a milestone of reaching 10 years of providing Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Pacific.
APTC alumni came out in large numbers and joined in celebrations held across the Pacific to mark this special occasion.
The Prime Minister of Samoa, Honourable Afioga Fatialofa Tuilaepa Sailele Lupesoliai Malielegaoi launched the celebrations at APTC’s graduation ceremony in September.
“This is indeed a milestone achievement for APTC as an institution that has been providing quality training and relevant skills not only here in Samoa but across the Pacific.
I remember when the idea to establish APTC was first brought up by the Australian Government Prime Minister at the Pacific Islands Forum. Pacific Island leaders including myself, as the Chair of the Forum, supported Australia’s offer of setting up APTC in the Pacific region. Since then, APTC has grown considerably, and I am delighted to witness how much the College has achieved in Samoa and the Pacific over the last 10 years,” he said.
The excellent track record of APTC graduates in employment and communities, especially here at home and in Pacific Island Countries, speaks well of APTC’s remarkable progress over the past years,” he added.
APTC’s alumni from 2008 to 2017 held a special procession at graduation ceremonies in Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and PNG. Alumni in PNG also assisted with an open day hosted by APTC’s Port Moresby campus in early October.
Alumni in Tonga and Kiribati also participated in key APTC activities, including graduation and a dinner, where they shared their success stories and how APTC training has assisted them.
APTC’s 10-year anniversary celebrations concluded in Fiji, with a networking function. APTC CEO, Ms Denise O’Brien and APTC Fiji Country Manager, Mr Jonathan Todd welcomed more than 100 alumni and congratulated them on their achievements since graduating from APTC.
APTC’s Impact Stories publications were also launched in Samoa, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands during these celebrations. Read the stories
our new video, chronicling our ten years in the Pacific region: