PNG Power Electrical Inspector, Billy Badira Peter, 49 from Porebada Village in Central Province is now a proud recipient of an Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) award.
Billy was amongst the 139 APTC graduates to receive certificates in various trade and certificate programs at the APTC graduation, held in May at Port Moresby. He was looking forward to receiving his Certificate III in Electrotechnology after commencing a 24 week block training in January, 2013.
Billy is one of many APTC success stories. He had brought in a wealth of experience with him to his APTC training, which he has been able to share with fellow participants. The training he has been fortunate to receive had set to take him to greater heights in his profession.
“I would like to thank APTC for awarding me the scholarship to undergo its training program in Certificate III - Systems Electrotechnology. A further word of thanks to my employer PNG Power Ltd for allowing me to attend the training,” Billy said in a statement.
Billy said in his field of work, he is safety conscious at all times and the focus of APTC training on safety aspects in the workplace has ensured that is engrained in his work ethic at all times. With regards to his training at APTC, he said, “I realise the importance of understanding in great depth the work I am involved in. The course undertaken, in my view, is complex as I have been in the field for quite some time. To be back in the classroom after a long absence was challenging. Learning through the specialist trainers, text material and power point presentations brought my knowledge to the next level. The practicals really kept me focused”.
At APTC, all trade trainees are required to learn computing. “Attending computer classes was a major breakthrough for me because in my field, a pair of pliers, screw driver and multi meters were the only tools I was used to. Coming to APTC gave me the opportunity to use a keyboard, mouse and monitor,” says Billy.
Billy is now more confident in his ability to meet the challenges of his job. He attributes this to APTC’s exceptional training standards, saying “I would recommend APTC to anyone else aspiring to upgrade their technical skills”.