The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Fetagisi Faimalaga Titivalu as the Country Engagement and Liaison Coordinator for Tuvalu.
Based in Funafuti from December 2019, the newly created position is the focal point for all APTC activities in Tuvalu.
Ms Titivalu is responsible for coordinating operations and administration of APTC’s country plans within Tuvalu to foster the organisation’s visibility and support skills development through student recruitment, coordinating delivery of short courses, skill sets and advancing partner outreach through labour mobility and various other engagements.
She joins APTC from the Pacific TAFE at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Tuvalu Campus where she served as an Assistant Coordinator, providing clerical and operational support to the Campus Director and coordinating outreach activities in communities.
With her 30 years of extensive work experience in various tertiary institutional roles, Ms Titivalu will be a great asset to APTC’s engagement with key stakeholders in Tuvalu including the Australian High Commission, government ministries, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) providers and the private sector.
Ms Titivalu, who recently completed her Master of Business Administration at USP, said she looks forward to contributing to APTC’s efforts in collaborating for training excellence through high quality TVET that leads to improved employment outcomes for graduates.
“I want to be of assistance to my country in building and developing TVET skills. While there is a demand for TVET training, I believe there is limited assistance and support that inhibits the potential of those talented or have the skills and experience,” Ms Titivalu said.
“I am excited to be appointed to this new position that will help me be a part of helping many Tuvaluans to receive Australian standard training aligned to national growth. APTC is a blessing for Small Island States like Tuvalu as it supports reforms that enable Pacific people to access quality training and pathways to meaningful employment.”
APTC Chief Executive Officer, Ms Soli Middleby, welcomed Ms Titivalu to the APTC family, saying her wealth of experience will help advance the organisation’s skills development agenda.
“We are delighted to have Ms Titivalu in our team and look forward to working with her to raise the profile of TVET in Tuvalu. Through this appointment, we hope to establish new and meaningful partnerships with stakeholders that create a more skilled, inclusive and productive workforce for Tuvalu and the region,” Ms Middleby said.
APTC Country Director for Fiji and Tuvalu, Mr Jovesa Saladoka, said Ms Titivalu will play a crucial role in ensuring that APTC responds to the needs of Tuvaluans and builds long-lasting relationships that align with the Coalition’s vision of creating skills for life.
“We are committed to increasing APTC’s presence in Tuvalu which will enable us to better tailor our programs to the country’s priorities. We are confident that Ms Titivalu’s skills, knowledge and experience will help us in achieving our overall goal for Pacific prosperity,” Mr Saladoka said.
APTC is Australia’s flagship program for training excellence and collaboration, helping Pacific Island citizens gain Australian skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers. More than 15,000 Pacific Island nationals have graduated from APTC since it began operations in 2007.