The Australia Pacific Training Coalition concluded its 2019 graduations with its Fiji Campus graduation on Friday 15 November 2019 where a total of 159 students received qualifications in 16 different technical and vocational programs.
These qualifications included: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Applied Fashion, Carpentry, Commercial Cookery, Construction, Diesel Fitting, Education Support, Fabrication, Fitting and Machining, Hospitality, Individual Support, Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing, Tourism, Wall and Floor Tiling, and Training and Assessment.
As Australia’s flagship technical and vocational education and training (TVET) program, APTC has helped over 4700 Fijian nationals gain Australian skills and qualifications in a wide range of vocational careers.
Delivering the keynote address, Chief Executive Officer of the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA), Ms Fantasha Lockington, told graduates that they could now put their internationally recognised qualifications into practice as part of the Fijian workforce, and meaningfully contribute to the country’s economic development.
One of the main objectives of FHTA is to promote professional development and training of employees in the tourism sector. Ms Lockington acknowledged APTC’s efforts in training experienced employees in the industry.
“Quality training provides skills relevant to the labour market that is helping Fijians gain improved employment opportunities and contributing to overall workplace productivity that is beneficial for the industry,” she said.
She further encouraged the graduates to use their exceptional skills and contribute towards developing their respective industries and the economy as a whole.
In his closing remarks Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, His Excellency John Feakes, highlighted that the Australian Government remains committed to working with APTC to ensure training meets employer needs for jobs now, and in the future.
He commended the graduates for their efforts in choosing to pursue further studies and asked them to extend this gratitude to their families, friends and employers who have supported them.
“You are now part of the 15,000-strong network of APTC Alumni. I encourage you to remain engaged, seek support and take every opportunity to be positive role models and contributors to your country,” he said.
Since its establishment in 2007, APTC, an Australian Aid Program, has graduated more than 15,000 Pacific Islanders across a wide range of vocational careers. This includes more than 4700 Fijian nationals, of whom over 1800 are women.