It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC).
APTC is Australia’s flagship investment in Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Pacific region. APTC was initially established in 2007 by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders, as the Australia-Pacific Technical College and has a strong reputation for training excellence. From 2007 to 2019, the program supported 15,000 graduates across 14 Pacific countries, over 40% of whom were female. APTC is now in its third phase, which will run to 2026.
APTC is implemented by TAFE Queensland, one of Australia’s largest and most experienced providers of vocational education and training. TAFE Queensland offers practical, industry-relevant training to over 125,000 students annually, across more than 500 program areas, including 1200 Pacific Island Citizens through APTC. TAFE Queensland (RTO0275) employs over 200 APTC staff across the Pacific and is the Registered Training Organisation providing graduates with Australian Qualifications through APTC.
We offer programs and qualifications from Certificate III to Diploma level in the automotive, manufacturing, construction, electrical, tourism, hospitality, education, management, and health and community services industry sectors.
APTC is taking on an increasingly catalytic role in support of TVET system strengthening. It has transitioned from a Technical College engaged largely in delivering Australian qualifications to a Training Coalition – a centre of training excellence and collaboration. It also enables its Pacific partners to provide their own internationally recognised training through achieving quality improvements and coherence in their institutions and systems.
Our vision is to see a coalition of local and regional stakeholders navigating a strong, well-coordinated skills sector that develops skills that meet Pacific needs by 2026. We see increased investment from communities, governments and industry in recognition of the importance of quality skills for Pacific prosperity. Training institutions deliver to quality standards that are internationally recognised and more Pacific people have decent work. APTC will be recognised, regionally and internationally, as a leading influencer in skills creation linked to employment and a highly successful example of a sustainable Pacific development initiative.
Our goal is to achieve a more skilled, inclusive and productive workforce.
Our purpose is to support national and regional TVET systems to provide quality skills and attributes available to employers which align with labour market requirements.
At APTC, we are committed to living our values, wherever we are and in all that we do:
- We are COMMITTED TO PACIFIC-LED DEVELOPMENT
- We are PEOPLE-FOCUSSED.
- We expect QUALITY.
- We operate with INTEGRITY.
- We ADAPT.
- We are CONNECTED.
We value our diversities, having many people in different places doing various things, and we work together as a united team. We honour our connections to each other and respect and celebrate our diversity as our strength.
As we work toward our vision, we are committed to incorporating the following priorities across our initiatives to contribute to regional aspirations for the holistic development of the Pacific:
- Gender equality, social inclusion and fair distribution of benefits
- Industry engagement and enhanced Labour Market analysis
- Connecting our international track students with overseas employment
- Work with Pacific leadership, regional organisations and development partners
- Seek to align skills training with major infrastructure projects
- Support efforts to address climate change and environmental sustainability
We appreciate that our students are adults who come to APTC with a wealth of experience. All at APTC, our managers, trainers and tutors and administrative staff, are grateful for the opportunity to share in the learning experience. We encourage all our students to make the most of the training and to develop new networks and professional friendships with others from across the region. APTC has active Alumni with Chapters located in many of the Pacific Island Countries that promote APTC with pride.
Success is best expressed by the words of one of our graduates. When asked what APTC did for him he replied, ‘It enabled me to believe in myself’. Through continued partnership, I am confident that success will be shared into the future.
Chief Executive Officer