The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) trained 20 employees of Eigigu Solutions Corporation (ESC) in Nauru with new skills and knowledge to support the needs of individuals and communities.
The cohort, which included 13 women, was awarded qualifications for completing a Certificate III or IV in Community Services on 5 November 2021.
The training of ESC staff was through a partnership between ESC and APTC, Australia’s flagship technical and vocational education and training (TVET) program in the region.
In his keynote address at the graduation ceremony, the Deputy Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Hon. Asterio Appi, congratulated the graduates on reaching a milestone, despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He acknowledged the female graduates for their efforts, and reaffirmed the Government of Nauru’s commitment to improving women’s access to TVET education and economic empowerment.
“As our nation continues to manage the impacts of COVID-19, TVET skills will play a crucial role in improving human and economic development. It will help drive entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic growth, a necessary combination for our nation,” he said.
The Deputy Minister also acknowledged the Australian Government for supporting the training and skills needs of Nauruans.
The Australian High Commissioner to Nauru, H.E. Dr Helen Cheney, commended the graduates’ determination in completing the program.
“The Australian Government will work with APTC to ensure that training meets employer needs for jobs now and in the future, including self-employment opportunities. Australia wants the best possible employment outcomes for graduates like you,” she said.
The ESC Chief Executive Officer, Darren Howard, acknowledged the collaboration with APTC, and added that the partnership was crucial in meeting the skills needs for community and humanitarian services in Nauru.
The ESC employees have joined more than 130 Nauru nationals, of whom 57 per cent are women, to have graduated from APTC since its establishment in 2007.