More than 150 Papua New Guineans proudly received qualifications in 17 different programs during the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) graduation ceremony held in Port Moresby on 28 February 2018.
APTC is a flagship program of the Australian Government and has been providing Australian-standard skills and qualifications across a wide range of vocations for skilled workers across the Pacific for more than a decade.
In her keynote address, Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea Caitlin Wilson congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to share their new skills within the workplace and in the community.
Ms Wilson said that Australia is working in partnership with Papua New Guinea to ensure that there is a growing pool of skilled workers to meet the current and future needs of Papua New Guinea.
“The Papua New Guinea-Australia partnership is focused on building economic and trade relations, institutional interactions and most importantly, people-to-people connections,” Ms Wilson added.
Ms Wilson acknowledged the 49 women who graduated during the ceremony, which included three women who undertook courses in Fabrication Trade and Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology.
“The Australian Government strongly supports the participation of women in leadership as women contribute to national productivity and offer an essential perspective to corporate and community decision making,” Ms Wilson said.
Ms Wilson further commended the hard work of two graduates living with a disability, who successfully completed their courses in the Certificate IV in Disability program in Fiji.
In Papua New Guinea, APTC has a partnership with the Port Moresby Technical College (POMTECH) to provide quality training to Papua New Guineans working in the construction, hospitality, electrical and engineering trades, as well as in upskilling POMTECH staff in areas of training and leadership.