The official opening of the APTC Centre for Professional Development (CPD) and Corporate and Student Service office in Namaka, Fiji was held on Thursday 22nd November. The event was attended by local industry guests, government representatives, training partners and APTC staff. The official event was also an opportunity to farewell former APTC Chief Executive Officer, Mr Barry Peddle.
The Centre for Professional Development
The APTC Centre for Professional Development was established this year to build the capacity of the TVET workforce. This includes both APTC’s own local workforce and the workforce of APTC’s partner organisations, as well as other national TVET institutes. The Centre for Professional Development is the central hub for the capability development of the APTC staff and ensures they receive the training they need to stay up to date with the most recent teaching and learning practices so that we continue to meet the expectations of our graduates and the requirements of our quality framework.
The Centre was also established to support our TVET partners and build the capacity of existing and potential TVET trainers and assessors. One of the ways it does this is by coordinating the delivery of the Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment for APTC.
This year, the Centre for Professional Development has commenced delivery of the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to in Fiji and Samoa. These programs have primarily been for APTC national tutors who have demonstrated a high level of professionalism and skill and in addition we have a number of participants from other TVET providers undertaking the program.
The course will be offered in 2013 and APTC hopes to make it available across the Pacific region by using an online and blended approach to delivery. The Centre is a great space with modern teaching technology.