You can never be running short of skills and our Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) Wall & Floor Tiling students prove that. The fourteen APTC New Entry students in Certificate III Wall & Floor Tiling recently took part in the Tiling of Suva Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) Surgery, X-ray, waiting and storerooms.
The students are undergoing this study at the School of Trades and Technology in Suva, Fiji. The group is made up of two Samoan, three Kiribati, four Papua New Guinean, one Tuvaluan, one Fijian, two Nauruan and one Tongan student. APTC believes in gender equality and it is a delight to see that eleven of the students are women.
The group is committed to their learning and were excited when the opportunity arose for them to showcase their talent at the Suva SPCA. The work included removing existing vinyl tiles, preparation of surfaces, then laying, cutting & grouting of 50m² of Hygienic and hardwearing porcelain tiles. Because of the quality of materials and workmanship, the new floor will have a lifespan of more than 50 years.
The students also enjoyed interaction with the SPCA staff & many pint sized orphan puppies and kittens, but in particular an oversized retired sniffer dog “Codie”.
The work contributed toward a requirement of the students having to complete 240 hours of live work before they can graduate. The Wall & Floor Tiling Trainer, Mr Neil Atkinson said, “This project was a ‘win-win’ situation for all involved which are our students, SPCA and the animals.”
Mr Atkinson also mentioned that, “This project & others could not have been done without the support shown by the APTC Trainer’s industry contacts in Australia & Fiji.”
Such projects enhance the ability of learning for our students in all trades and courses.