After spending five years as an Assistant Electrician with Solomon Islands Electricity Authority, Ms Rose Koreia recently decided it was time to upgrade her qualifications.
It was not long before she found herself enrolled in a Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician course at the Australian Government supported Australia-Pacific Technical College in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.Working in the traditionally male-dominated career of electrotechnology doesn’t faze Rose. She believes she has earned the respect of men and women alike for being good at her job.
“My family and friends are really happy with me being an electrician. They encouraged me to come to Papua New Guinea to upgrade my qualifications. I think the men I work with in Solomon Islands all respect me,” Rose says.
“I am doing this course with APTC because it will improve the skills and knowledge I can bring to the work place. I hope to be able to share these new skills with the people I work with at the (Solomon Islands Electricity) Authority.”
Rose says she chose to come to Papua New Guinea because the specific training she needed was unavailable in Solomon Islands. She is also keen to learn more about her neighbouring country’s culture and way-of-life.
“The course I am starting with APTC in PNG is important. The facilities and the training in the electrical trades are still being developed in Solomon Islands. Actually, Solomon Islands needs to improve its trade skills in a number of areas. I think APTC is trying to help with that.
“Being able to study in nearby Papua New Guinea is very helpful for people like me. Upgrading our skills can help us get better in things like load management and improving safety in the work place. I also think students coming together in places APTC is good for developing relationships between people living in different Pacific countries,” Rose says.
The APTC campus in Port Moresby delivers Australian qualifications to Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) standards in a range of core trades. More than 2190 Papua New Guineans have graduated from APTC since its establishment, with qualifications including light automotive, carpentry, fitting and machining, diesel fitting, fabrication, electrotechnology and hospitality. Since APTC’s establishment, the College has graduated more than 9,500 students from its campuses across the Pacific region. The Australian Government and APTC work with employers to identify their needs to tailor job skill programs through partnerships regional technical and vocational and tertiary institutions. Over 90% of employers state that APTC graduates contribute significantly to improved productivity.