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Shelvin excels as a skilled tradesperson with Australian support

Feb 05, 2024

From a young age, Shelvin Avneel Prasad had already established that he would pursue a career in construction and tiling. Growing up, Shelvin was inspired by watching skilled carpenters build houses in his community.

He joined Fast Tiling and Construction in Nausori full time after completing secondary education six years ago. He dedicated himself to supporting his mother through hard work and commitment.

The Baulevu lad decided to pursue further education and enrolled in the Diploma in Civil Engineering program at the Fiji National University in 2017. However, due to financial constraints, he completed only one semester.

Shelvin did not give up on his dream and took up the Certificate III in Wall and Floor Tiling course (CPC31320) at the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC). His experience with Fast Tiling and Construction, where he had been working during his high school years, proved instrumental in shaping his career in construction.

At APTC, Shelvin acquired a diverse skill set, mastering various aspects of wall and floor tiling, including safety protocols and effective work practices.

"Learning at APTC was like unlocking a toolbox of possibilities, and every challenge is a chance to learn and grow. My fellow students were eager to share ideas and knowledge, which made going back to the classroom interesting.

"As a tiler and construction worker, every tile I lay demonstrates my commitment and passion for turning boring spaces into something extraordinary. It's my craft, and I take pride in every detail,” Shelvin said.

He is grateful for the support from the Australian Government through APTC which enabled him to attain an internationally recognised qualification without financial constraints.

As soon as he completed the six-month course, Shelvin returned to Fast Tiling and Construction. In his free time, he undertakes private jobs to enhance his professional and personal endeavours.

"Returning to work felt like stepping onto a familiar ground with a new vision. I now see each project as an opportunity to showcase my newfound skills and knowledge, and contribute to the construction industry in Fiji,” Shelvin added.

Fast Tiling and Construction director, Diven Chand, recognises Shelvin's potential and commitment, adding that he is also willing to support with additional jobs.

"Shelvin is an asset to our company. His passion for the job, combined with the skills he gained at APTC, has elevated our projects. As a tiler, he aligns seamlessly with our standards and works with minimum supervision,” Mr Chand said.

Looking ahead, Shelvin aspires to pursue further studies in Civil Engineering and Construction, recognising the many benefits that come with his Australian-standard qualification.

His advice to youths is, “if you get the opportunity to study, go for it."

APTC is Australia’s major technical and vocational education and training program in the Pacific and Timor-Leste, contributing to a more skilled, inclusive, and productive workforce.

Since 2007, the Australian Government has supported more than 7600 Fijians with the necessary qualifications and skills to pursue diverse and rewarding vocational careers.

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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