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Certificate II in construction graduates in Manus, who completed their skills training program provided by APTC.

Building skills development in Manus

Dec 22, 2023

Manus is building its skilled labour force following the graduation of 28 individuals who successfully completed technical and skills training programs provided by the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC).

Nineteen students graduated with an internationally recognised Certificate II in Construction qualification, while nine staff members of Manus Training Centre (MTC) completed International Skills Training (IST) TVET Trainer and Assessor certificates, contributing to their capacity as training staff.

“Manus faces limited educational opportunities, therefore initiatives like these are crucial for our locals, particularly students from the first and second cohorts of the Certificate II in Construction program,” said Mr Paul Buka, MTC Manager.

In acknowledging the significance of IST training for the staff, Mr Buka said, “with the skills and knowledge gained, we can now enhance our training standards to ensure our students receive quality education."

The 28 graduates build on the 118 Manusians who have graduated from APTC courses since 2007.

Australia will continue to work with PNG to support technical and vocational training to respond to local skilled workforce needs in priority areas across the country.

APTC is an Australian Government initiative in partnership with the Pacific and Timor-Leste.

APTC is implemented by TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275)

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