Fiji National University's NTPC (formally TPAF) with assistance from APTC has begun facilitating programs in painting and decorating that map back to Australian Qualifications. The FNU program for existing workers is a fulltime six month program facilitated by FNU trainer Mere Rokoqica. Mere has over 9 years' experience in the trade and graduated APTC in 2009 with a certificate III in Painting & Decorating. A shortened program from APTC can be undertaken at the end of this program to get the full Australian qualification from APTC for those interested in doing so.
It has taken some time for FNU and APTC to work together to develop a program that meets the needs of industry and maps back to the Australian Certificate III Qualification. This was achieved through the cooperation of Pramesh Chand a senior training officer for FNU and Michael Farrugia the trainer for the APTC painting & decorating program.
Mavuku Tokona the APTC local trainer for painting and decorating stated, "Many contractors had expressed concern over the lack of skilled painters, we needed to see FNU have their own program in order for the industry to truly grow."
The training will be delivered at the same location that APTC facilitates its own program allowing for the two teams to in effect work as one.
Mere the FNU painting trainer mentioned "it is not us and them, we are working like one team and I am learning so much from Michael and Mavuku. Michael assisted in developing my assessment tools and Mavuku has really helped me get my student enrolments."
Mavuku Tokona assisted Mere in securing an agreement with PWD that FNU will now undertake the training for all its painters initially, followed by a shortened program with APTC for the full qualification. This will allow the PWD to take advantage of some of the Fijian government initiatives for financial assistance for training.