On Friday, 29 November 2013, 78 students graduated from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC). The graduation ceremony was an opportunity for graduates to celebrate, their achievements in successfully obtaining an Australian qualification, in the presence of their families and friends. The ceremony was held at the Australian Aid Lecture Theatre, University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva.
APTC is a development initiative of the Australian Government that delivers training to increase the supply of skilled workers in targeted industry sectors in the Pacific. The College has campuses in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
APTC is achieving such targets through partnership arrangements and connections with industry, employers, community and governments at national and regional levels.
APTC CEO Denise O’Brien hosted 250 invited guests at the graduation ceremony, including representatives from the Australian and New Zealand governments, other government agencies, industry officials, local institutes, APTC alumni, graduates’ families and employers.
Acting Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, Glenn Miles, was the Chief Guest.
Special achievements for this graduation included:
- 25 female graduates
- Seven APTC staff graduated with a Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
- Two male students graduated with a Certificate III in Home & Community/Aged Care.