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APTC’s Microcredentials to Boost Skills for PALM Workers

Feb 13, 2024

The Australian Government’s largest skills investment in the Pacific and Timor-Leste, the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC), is empowering Pacific Australia Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme workers to upskill through fully subsidised microcredential courses.

The industry-endorsed, job-focused online modules offer convenient and targeted training directly accessible via laptops or mobile devices. The courses offer maximum flexibility for both employers and workers to learn at their own pace, fitting training around work schedules and in a mobile-friendly format.

Approved PALM scheme employers are encouraged to promote this opportunity and support their workers to undertake the microcredential courses and build the skills they need for the workplace. 

“APTC's microcredential program is a significant step towards developing a skilled and adaptable workforce. The microcredentials provide Pacific and Timor-Leste talent with more skills and knowledge relevant to their work, and we’re proud to support their career progression in the PALM scheme,” said APTC Executive Director Nicki Baird.

Cara Philp, the Learning and Knowledge Manager of the Pacific Labour Facility (PLF), has reiterated that access to additional training, including APTC’s microcredential courses, is important for the successful reintegration of Pacific and Timor-Leste workers returning to their home countries. By addressing skill gaps, providing recognition of prior learning, fostering entrepreneurship and supporting cultural and social integration, these courses contribute to building a workforce that will drive the sustainable economic development of Timor-Leste and Pacific island countries.

Why an APTC microcredential course?    

✅ Industry endorsed: crafted in collaboration with industry experts, ensuring you receive training that is relevant and aligned with the latest industry standards.

✅ Job-focused: designed to equip you with the practical skills and knowledge employers are actively seeking.

✅ Convenient: Busy schedule? No problem! Our courses are accessible anytime, anywhere, and can be completed using your laptop or mobile device. This flexibility allows you to learn at your own pace without compromising your current commitments.

The diverse range of 80 courses includes the following and more:

  • Employability skills
  • Effective workplace leadership
  • Digital literacy essentials
  • Precision farming
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Work effectively in industry
  • Work safely fundamentals
  • Operate basic machinery and equipment
  • Communicate effectively with people with disability
  • Digital technologies in agriculture and aquaculture

Upon successful completion of the microcredential course, learners will be awarded a digital badge

Visit APTC’s microcredential courses gateway now at to browse through our comprehensive course offerings and find the perfect fit for you.

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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