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Salesi, Aivy – honing their hospitality skills in Fiji

Source: AUSTRALIA-PACIFIC  TRAINING COLLEGE Two bright young hospitality professionals are honing their skills this semester at the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) hospitality and tourism campus in Namaka in the Certificate
13 May 2012 10:13

Salesi Mafi (front/left) and Aivy Tokataaki started their course with the Australian-Pacific Training College in February.

Source: AUSTRALIA-PACIFIC  TRAINING COLLEGE

Two bright young hospitality professionals are honing their skills this semester at the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) hospitality and tourism campus in Namaka in the Certificate III in Hospitality programme.
Salesi Mafi (from Tonga) and Aivy Tokataaki (from Kiribati) started their course in February having travelled from their home country after winning a scholarship to study at the APTC.
Mr Mafi is originally from Vava’u in Tonga and moved to the main island of Tongatapu after running his own restaurant in the main town.
Prior to his departure for Fiji, Mr Mafi worked at the popular Escape Café in Nuku’alofa where a number of APTC graduates are working.
The Australia Pacific Training College (APTC) is an Australian government aid programme and has been established to deliver a range of qualifications from Certificate III to Diploma. It has been providing vocational training and Australian qualifications in the Pacific with campuses in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea (PNG). The APTC is aimed at skilling and qualifying Pacific islanders for a range of vocational occupations needed throughout the Pacific including hospitality and tourism.
Ms Tokataaki started her hospitality career at the Otintaai Hotel in Tarawa and after a couple of years transferred to Mary’s Hotel in Bairiki, a popular hotel frequented by international visitors working or staying in Kiribati.
Ms Tokataaki further developed her skills working in the restaurant and the bar. She is a vivacious and popular student and being the only i-Kiribati student in the class (as Mr Mafi is the only Tongan in the class too) she is very proud to share her heritage and culture with her fellow students, even teaching them an i-Kiribati dance at a recent sports and cultural afternoon at the College.
Both Ms Tokataaki and Mr Mafi have ambitious plans for the future. In the short term they want to return to their former places of employment to apply their new-found skills and knowledge but their grand plan includes establishing and operating their own hospitality lodge businesses in Tarawa and Tonga respectively.
They certainly have the drive, enthusiasm and personality to be successful and there is no doubt they have a great chance to make their dreams come true.
The current Certificate III in Hospitality programme at the Namaka campus is a new course that has been designed for industry workers from small hospitality lodge-type venues principally from small island countries including the Solomon Islands.
Bill Hetherington, APTC specialist trainer, hospitality said: “The course is designed around four clusters of study that will provide the students with a broad range of skills and the opportunity to manage all aspects of a small-scale hospitality operation.”
The feedback from students so far has been very positive and the course will run again in the second semester.

Aivy Tokataaki (left) and Salesi Mafi (right) plan to return thier homeland and apply their new skills.

The Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) is an Australian Government initiative announced at the Pacific Islands Forum in October 2006 and welcomed by Pacific island leaders. The APTC was designed as a centre of training excellence, helping you to gain Australian-standard skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers throughout the Pacific – careers where skilled employees are in high demand.



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