The Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) graduation held on 4 October 2013, allowed fifty-four graduates to celebrate their achievements with family at the Vale ni Soqo at Novotel in Nadi.
Each of the graduates received an internationally recognised Australian qualification at a Certificate III or IV level. They joined the alumni of APTC graduates including women and men in non-traditional trades and people with disabilities who are achieving effective employment outcomes. A recent survey indicates that over 90% of APTC graduates are gainfully employed.
APTC delivers internationally recognised Australian vocational qualifications to existing workers in targeted industry sectors across 14 Pacific Island Forum (PIF) countries. APTC is a development initiative funded by the Australian Government aid program.
APTC CEO Denise O’Brien hosted around 120 invited guests including representatives of the Australian Government, APTC staff, graduates’ families and employers, industry representatives and local institute representatives. Mr Swami Tadananda, Director for the Vivekananda Technical Centre was the chief guest speaker.
This is the second APTC graduation ceremony in Nadi this year. The graduates have successfully completed their studies in one of the following APTC Certificate III and Certificate IV courses - Carpentry, Children’s Services, Commercial Cookery, Hairdressing, Home and Community/Aged Care, Hospitality, Patisserie, Plumbing, Hospitality Supervision and Youth Work.
Eleven of the Commercial Cookery graduates are Cardo’s Steakhouse employees. Senior Trainer Cathy Joyce conducted their training and assessment at the Restaurant.
An APTC Tutor also graduated with a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. Salanieta Tikoduadua, Tutor in Commercial Cookery from the Namaka Campus, received her certification at the graduation ceremony.