On Friday 11 April, 86 students from Fiji and Tuvalu graduated from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) in Suva. The ceremony took place at the Australian Aid Lecture Theatre at the University of the South Pacific, with Fiji Higher Education Commission Executive Chairman Dr Richard Wah as keynote speaker. APTC CEO Denise O’Brien hosted 100 invited guests at the graduation, including DFAT and APTC staff, graduates’ families and employers, and industry representatives.
The graduates have successfully completed studies in APTC Certificate III and Certificate IV courses including the following – Automotive, Children’s Services, Fabrication Trade, Diesel Fitting, Fitting and Machining, Hairdressing, Home and Community Care and Aged Care, Hospitality (Lodge), Hospitality (Operations), Hospitality (Commercial Cookery), Hospitality Supervision, Painting and Decorating, Wall and Floor Tiling and Youth Work.
The graduation of seven women from the School of Trades and Technology was a highlight of the graduation. The women successfully completed APTC Certificate III courses in Automotive, Fitting and Machining, Fabrication and Wall and Floor Tiling.
As a centre of training excellence, APTC supports individuals to gain qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers in priority sectors across the Pacific leading to increased career development prospects aiding economic growth.