A partnership initiative launched last year to assist employees impacted by COVID-19 has led to a number of participants yielding positive results.
The partnership’s objective was to provide relevant training opportunities to Pacific island tourism and hospitality businesses and workers who have been impacted by the economic disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The courses offered under the partnership were provided by APTC and comprised of micro-credential courses that will be prerequisites for an additional skills course.
Taniela O'Brien who works at the Public Works Department in Funafuti, Tuvalu said he was pleased to have completed the micro-credentials course on Communication Technologies for Business Success (MCC00015).
Taniela described the course as helpful and relevant to his work.
“I was introduced to a number of new digital communication tools and software which will help me to boost my work efficiency. Time management was my greatest lesson, but I am thankful that the training delivery was designed to suit my professional life,” he said.
This is the first time Taniela has undertaken an APTC training and he strongly encourages his friends, work colleagues and community members in the hospitality and tourism sectors to take advantage of this free opportunity.
Micro-credentials are certification-style qualifications that individuals choose to study to improve a skill found in a particular industry area. They are short, low-cost online courses that provide learners with a digital certification or a ‘digital badge’ when complete. The micro-credentials being delivered through this partnership are products of TAFE Queensland, who manages APTC for the Australian Government, and have been contextualised by APTC’s Pacific Innovation team for delivery in the Pacific context.
This partnership is a collaboration between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), the Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO), Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) and Fiji Hotels and Tourism Association (FHTA).
APTC is managed by TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275).