Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) training has enabled Ms Emily Tane, an APTC graduate, to better support the development of educational resources for skilled workers in the Pacific region.
After completing her studies at APTC, Ms Tane joined Edubytes Fiji Limited, which is part of Edubytes Australia – an organisation that provides solutions to challenges faced while facilitating vocational education.
Ms Tane is the Educational Resource Writer for Edubytes Fiji. In this role, Ms Tane conducts research to develop educational resources for skilled workers in the Pacific region who are seeking qualifications in professions including painting, carpentry and wall and floor tiling. These resources are then made available online.
“The work I am doing through this form of e-learning support may help future painters, tilers and carpenters learn more about their trade in a flexible way,” she said.
Ms Tane has worked as a painter for Pacific Painter Limited (a company of Edubytes Fiji Limited), where she was involved in projects such as the renovation of the Communications Fiji Limited and Dominion Insurance buildings. She also trained at the Dulux Paint shop in Suva to learn more about the needs of customers.
“My working week involved a constant switch from tools to computers. On some days, I would help out at the painting project site and on other days, I would be developing educational resources for painting, carpentry, building and tiling.”
Edubytes Fiji Limited Chief Executive Officer and former APTC Painting and Decorating Trainer, Mr Michael Farrugia said Ms Tane is a valuable member of the Edubytes team.
“She has been assisting the National Institute of Painting and Decorating of Australia, which is a peak industry advisory body that develops online educational content in the form of videos and other e-learning tools. Training organisations and hundreds of students across Australia are benefitting from the work she has been involved in,” he added.
Ms Tane undertook the APTC’s Certificate III in Painting and Decorating program in 2013, where she learned about surface preparation, selecting and ways of applying paint and environment-friendly ways of cleaning painting tools.
She says that APTC’s training has benefitted her greatly, adding that there is more to painting than what just meets the eye.