Creating Skills for life
APTC Project

TVET Projects and Bespoke Training


APTC’s expertise in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) is sought after by Pacific employers, TVET institutes and governments.

APTC offers bespoke course and program design. Through collaboration we tailor programs to build on the capabilities and specific needs of clients across the Pacific region.


Key TVET projects and bespoke training delivered since 2018 include:

  • International Skills Training (IST) courses – training for TVET trainers focused on competency based training principles, bringing Australian standards to Pacific trainers.
  • BSB24015 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management  – training for emerging Pacific leaders with responsibility for organising and monitoring team outputs, solving problems, analysing and evaluating information, and providing guidance and support to others. (See case study)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programs in Construction, Business, Automotive and Community Services – these programs work with individuals and employers to give accredited recognition to the knowledge and skills gained through a range of formal and non-formal learning endeavours.
  • FSK20119 Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways – accredited Australian training providing foundation skills development for new workforce entrants who require a pathway to employment or further training.
  • Enterprise skills programs – with content ranging from language, literacy and numeracy skills, digital literacy, workplace health and safety, workplace communications and basic financial literacy, these programs are tailored to the needs of the client and assist to prepare new entrants to the workplace.
  • Labour mobility programs – supporting the Pacific governments engaged in the Australian Pacific Labour Scheme, the seasonal worker and other labour mobility programs, we provide capability building programs focused on the skills needed for applicants to prepare for international work.
  • Curriculum development programs – collaborating with industry and TVET providers to build resources and national training packages in demand sectors such as construction, tourism, plumbing, aged care and TVET training of trainers. 
  • Remote learning programs micro-credentials and accredited skill sets in a range of fields including infection control, food service, customer engagement and digital literacy.
  • Bespoke accredited courses for Australian qualifications  – fee-for-service group training that is tailored to your workplace and provides successful participants with an accredited Australian qualification.  (See case study)




Recent clients include:

  • Australian Federal Police
  • Brian Bell PNG
  • ChildFund NZ 
  • Contract Electrical Queensland
  • Edai Town Development Ltd (PNG)
  • Fiji Higher Education Commission
  • Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association
  • Fiji Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • World Bank International Finance Corporation (IFC)
  • Kiribati Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • NCS Group Holdings
  • Newcrest Mining
  • Pacific Community (SPC)
  • Pacific Islands Emergency Management Alliance (PIEMA)
  • Pacific Labour Facility (PLF)
  • Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project
  • PNG Counsellors Association
  • PNG Motu Koitabu Assembly
  • Reeves Envico
  • Samoa Tourism Association (STA)
  • Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA)
  • South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)
  • The Pacific Police Professional Development Program
  • Tonga Maritime Polytechnic Institute
  • Tuvalu Ministry of Education and Youth Services
  • United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
  • United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption Project (UN-PRAC)
  • Vanuatu Ministry of Health




Related Project News


Business skills workshop 2016

Business skills workshops for leader farmers

Jan 14, 2017

The European Union (EU) funded Training Support to the Sugar Industry project has rolled out a series of “Farming as a Business” workshops to enhance leader farmers business development and financial management capacities.

This follows the successful implementation of the leader farmer workshops last year, which were attended by over 260 participants and farm advisory officers from across the sugar belt areas of Fiji.

"An important aim of the project is to strengthen mill workers' and sugar cane farmers' knowledge and skills to enable them to become more effective partners in the industry," says Ambassador Andrew Jacobs of the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific.
"This aim has become even more important now in the context of post-Tropical Cyclone Winston as farmers devastated by its effects pursue new knowledge and skills to help them regain their livelihoods and re-build their lives as quickly as possible".
The first workshop was conducted on 14 – 15 March, this year at the FSC Training Centre in Labasa and was attended by 18 leader farmers. The second workshop was conducted at Nodoga College on 16-17 March. The next two workshops were held on 21-22 March at Seaqaqa College, Labasa and at the FSC Training Centre, Lautoka on 23-24 March.
The Impact Partners (Fiji)/Fairtrade Coordination Unit (IPF/FCU) from the EU Coordination Unit is coordinating farmers to attend the workshops which are being delivered by Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC).
IPF/FCU Fairtrade Relations and Development Coordinator and EU Coordination Unit Technical Manager, Mr Mohammed Habib said that these workshops equip farmers with basic finance and business planning skills which they can then distribute to other farmers after the training.
He said that the training is an example of appropriately targeted and successful extension services which will allow for improvements for sugar farming businesses.
Mr Habib added that this will lead to increased incomes for farmers, and the industry as a whole.
IPF/FCU and the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) introduced the leader farmer concept after having seen the impact of similar systems in other parts of the world, such as the farmer field concept widely used in Asia and Africa.
This model for extension development and advisory services has assisted in the upskilling and capacity building of farmers. 
IPF/FCU and FSC established a network of leader farmers in each of Fiji’s 23 sugarcane sectors to address the need to pass on technical information (technology transfer). This new round of training provides business skills to compliment the farmer’s technical skills.
Workshop facilitator and trainer, Ms Kerri Leadbitter said that the second round of leader farmer training continues with a strong emphasis on the production of cane as well as supplementary crops (legumes, vegetables and fruits) and services associated with cane farming such as truck and tractor hiring.

The Training Support to the Fiji Sugarcane Industry project is a 4-year, EUR4M project within the EU’s Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol (AMSP 2013) programme. The Project is the result of a partnership agreement between the EU and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) of the Australian Government.
The Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) was contracted as the implementing agency for this project. APTC is a development initiative funded by the Australian Government to deliver training to increase the supply of skilled workers in the Pacific region.

APTC is an Australian Government initiative in partnership with the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

APTC is implemented by TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275)

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