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



APTC launches Leader Farmer Workshop

Jul 17, 2017

The EU funded Training Support to the Sugarcane Industry Project 2014-2017, under its Support to the Sugar Industry Programme (SSIP) has launched another phase of training targeted at Leader Farmers in an attempt to upskill them with the capacity to share valuable technical knowledge with other farmers in their networks.

The Leader Farmer concept emerged out of a need to pass on technical information (technology transfer) and is a model that is being rolled out by the Fair-Trade Coordination Unit (FCU), in collaboration with the Fiji Sugar Corporation, to assist farmers with upskilling and capacity building needs. 

According to Mohammed Habib, EU Coordination Programme Unit Technical Manager, “there is a huge reserve of opportunities to motivate Leader Farmers to support and promote Farmer Advisory Services (FAS) as well as to lead by example. Leader Farmers have been chosen as appropriate leaders within the community to show others what can be achieved however, some basic skills training is required for them to deliver these outcomes”. 

The training workshop, implemented by the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) continues over two days with similar workshops being held across Fiji’s sugar belt areas targeting 23 sectors. While 20 leader farmers are participating in the initial training workshop (which started on 3 August), APTC hopes to upskill a further 210 farmers across these sectors.

APTC is a development initiative funded by the Australian Government to deliver training and to increase the supply of skilled workers in targeted sectors in the Pacific region. APTC has campuses in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Project Leader Kevin Wyatt said the main focus of the overarching project is to provide a training program for the Fijian sugarcane industry that improves the livelihoods of the sugarcane dependent populations.

“The EU/DFAT (European Union/Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) agreement requires APTC (as the implementing agency) to engage with the sugar industry stakeholders and develop a training program to address skills gaps across the sugar supply chain,” Mr Wyatt said. Key stakeholders in this supply chain include individual farmers.

The first day of the workshop educates the farmers on working smart and outlines necessary communication skills, while the second day focuses on planning, presentation and facilitation skills. 

Under the overarching project, APTC is expected to deliver the following:

-  Improved skills for workers currently within the Fiji Sugar Industry;

-  Delivery of identified gap training of staff working within the sugar mill;

-  Delivery of skills training to agricultural extension staff to better support farmers;

-  Improved skills development opportunities for people affected by changes in the Fiji Sugar Industry; and

- Delivery of Australian qualification’s, skill sets and as relevant statements of attendance for workshop training events.

In 2014, the EU made an agreement of delegated cooperation with the Australian Government to provide training support through Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET), complementing the “Accompanying Measures for Sugar Protocol (AMSP 2013)” programme which includes the SSIP. 

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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