Mr Toomi Tarangkoa believes travelling all the way from Kiribati to Papua New Guinea to undertake a six month Certificate III in Electrotechnology Electrician course will be enormously beneficial for his career, company and country.
"I am doing this course with APTC in Port Moresby because I can upgrade my skills better here. The course I am doing is important for my job. I will learn a lot about designing for maximum load demands and about preparing electrical diagrams,” Toomi says.
APTC delivers Australian-standard skills and qualifications – with many being recognised internationally – for a range of vocational careers for skilled workers from countries across the Pacific.
Toomi recognises the importance of trade and vocational education for his country.
“Courses like Electrotechnology Technician are important for Kiribati. Kiribati is still developing the knowledge it needs in these more specialised areas,” Toomi says.
“APTC delivers an Australian standard qualification. This is good for ensuring that the quality of work people like me do has good quality and meets the necessary safety requirements,” Toomi says.
Six months is a long time to spend away from family and friends. But Toomi says he is ready for the challenge.
“I will miss my family very much. But succeeding in this course is very important. Getting the upgraded qualification will benefit me and my family. It will also benefit Kiribati’s Ministry of Public Works and Utilities, and that is good for my country.”
The APTC campus in Port Moresby delivers Australian qualifications to Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) standards in a range of core trades. More than 2190 Papua New Guineans have graduated from APTC since its establishment, with qualifications including light automotive, carpentry, fitting and machining, diesel fitting, fabrication, electrotechnology and hospitality. Since APTC’s establishment, the College has graduated more than 9,500 students from its campuses across the Pacific region. The Australian Government and APTC work with employers to identify their needs to tailor job skill programs through partnerships regional technical and vocational and tertiary institutions. Over 90% of employers state that APTC graduates contribute significantly to improved productivity.