On 7 May 2014, 127 graduands representing all six provinces in Vanuatu received their certificates and diplomas at the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) graduation. Ms Jennifer James, the Vanuatu Preschool Coordinator of the Ministry of Education, was the keynote speaker. Ms James is also the winner of the 2014 prestigious Hanson Mateskelekele award for her outstanding contribution to Early Childhood Care and Education in Vanuatu. The graduation, which took place at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology Hospitality Tourism and Leisure Training Centre in Port Vila, brings the total number of Ni-Vanuatu with APTC qualifications to 950 since APTC began operations in Vanuatu in 2007.
APTC delivers training in Australian qualifications accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework, which are locally, regionally and internationally recognised. APTC is funded by the Australian Government, with campuses in five countries across the Pacific – Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. APTC is a centre of training excellence, supporting individuals to gain qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers.
APTC Chief Executive Officer, Denise O’Brien hosted 300 invited guests at the graduation ceremony including representatives of the Vanuatu Government, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, APTC Advisory Group members from across the Pacific Islands, APTC staff, graduates, their families and employers, and industry representatives.
The graduates had successfully completed their studies in one of the following APTC Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma courses – Children Services, Community Services, Disability, Diesel Fitting, Fabrication, Hospitality, Hospitality (Lodge), Training and Assessment, Management, Painting and Decorating, Tourism, and Youth Work.
All graduates are from Vanuatu where the majority have studied on the APTC Vanuatu Campus while others have studied in APTC campuses in PNG, Fiji and Samoa. Over half of the graduates were women.