"Having attained the qualification today means that every graduate is equipped to meet the standard that APTC has introduced. It has also challenged us, not only to achieve a qualification or receive a certificate, but to put what we have learnt into practice. This is only possible by always measuring our performance against the standard we now have in place."
Mr Paula Tikoicolo (Tiko), graduate in Certificate III in Engineering, Mechanical Trade, Diesel Fitting, was speaking at the November 27 APTC graduation ceremony in Suva, where 130 students received Certificates III in Automotive Mechanical Technology, Carpentry, Diesel Fitting, Fabrication, Fitting and Machining, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, and Wall and Floor Tiling, and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
His sentiments were endorsed by fellow graduates Naibuka Seruvatu, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and Mr Ram Salesh, Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling, who each also gave a graduate address at the ceremony held at the University of the South Pacific campus.
APTC General Manager Mr. Antoine Barnaart reminded the graduates that receiving their certificates was not the end of their relationship with the College.
"Through your active participation as members of the APTC Alumni and ambassadors of the College, you will continue to make a significant contribution to the College, the Schools, past graduates, and to current and future students," said Mr Barnaart.
Chief guest Mr. Usamate, Director General of TPAF, and Ms. Tina Seniloli APTC Project Manager from AusAid, presented the successful students with their certificates in front of the graduates' families, friends, employers, and APTC staff.