Last week, the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) welcomed over 500 regional students at its campuses in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
APTC is a flagship program of the Australian Government that has trained over 12,000 Pacific graduates since it commenced in 2007. The coalition provides internationally recognised Australian skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers for skilled workers.
The new students were welcomed with orientation sessions held on 9 and 10 July, where they learnt about APTC facilities, student support services, regulations and students’ responsibilities.
Classes have since commenced for the students, who are undertaking training in 17 different technical and vocational courses.
These include Certificate III in Applied Fashion Design & Technology, Airconditioning and Refrigeration, Carpentry, Commercial Cookery, Education Support, Electrotechnology Electrician, Engineering (Mechanical Trade - Diesel Fitting/ Mechanical Trade – Fitting and Machining/ Fabrication Trade), Hospitality (Food and Beverage/ Accommodation Services), Individual Support, Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing, Tourism and Wall and Floor Tiling.
It has been an enjoyable experience for students who have travelled from their home countries like Ms Zineth Rence from Solomon Islands, who is studying Certificate III in Tourism in Vanuatu.
“This is my first visit to Vanuatu and I am so excited about expanding my skills at APTC so that I can assist in improving tourism services when I return home.”
Ms Annette Honimae is a trainer with the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) who is also enrolled with APTC this semester.
“Studying APTC’s Certificate III in Hospitality in Fiji will equip me with the latest technical skills and a fair idea of local hospitality operations knowledge that I can share with my colleagues and students at SINU.”
Another student, Mr Mark Steward said after spending 10 years in the construction sector, he is looking forward to upgrading his skills through the Certificate III in Carpentry program to gain formal employment and perhaps start his own business.
Certificate III in Light Vehicle Mechanic Technology student, Ms Joycelyn Yakopis said studying at APTC is a dream come true.
“As a female in the automotive sector, I am confident that the training will take me to the next level in my trade and give me and other women more opportunities because it is an Australian accredited course,” she said.
Students will complete their training in December.