The President of the Republic of Kiribati, the Honourable Anote Tong, was the keynote speaker when 53 Kiribati citizens graduated from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) in a ceremony in Betio, Tarawa, on Wednesday, 31st July, 2013.
APTC is an Australian Government initiative managed by AusAID. APTC has campuses in five countries across the Pacific region – Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. APTC is a centre of training excellence, supporting individuals to gain Australian-standard skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers. The graduation ceremony took place at the Tenimanraoi Maneaba, Betio, in the presence of over 140 invited guests including the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency George Fraser.
The presence of the President made the graduation an event of national significance. It also illustrated the strong relationship between the Government of Kiribati and the Australian Government.
The 53 Kiribati graduates have successfully completed their studies in a variety of APTC courses including five graduates who received a qualification in the Diploma in Community Services. Another 15 graduates received a qualification in the one of following courses - Certificate IV in Youth, Certificate III in Aged Care, Certificate III in Disability and Certificate III in Children’s Services.
The largest graduation class of 16 Kiribati citizens will receive a qualification in Certificate III in Carpentry. Sixteen of these graduates previously completed their Certificate II in carpentry at the Kiribati Institute of Technology before going on to further study at APTC. There will be other graduates receiving qualifications in Certificate III in Mechanical Trade; Certificate III in Machining and Fitting, Certificate III in Automotive, Certificate III in Metal and Fabrication, Certificate III in Hospitality, Certificate III in Commercial Cookery, and Certificate III in Painting and Decorating.
All qualifications are recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework which gives APTC graduates the opportunity to ‘export their skills’ and find work both regionally and internationally.