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Hundreds At Vivekananda Technical Centre

Students from more than nine secondary schools in Nadi flocked to the Vivekananda Technical Centre Open Day at Nawaicoba, Nadi yesterday to learn of possible career opportunities. The centre was
25 Sep 2014 08:10
Hundreds At Vivekananda Technical Centre
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Students from more than nine secondary schools in Nadi flocked to the Vivekananda Technical Centre Open Day at Nawaicoba, Nadi yesterday to learn of possible career opportunities.

The centre was established by the Ramakrihna Mission in 1983. It has seen positive growth over the years as an independent higher education service provider.

The director of technology employment skills training at the Ministry of Education, Alumeci Tuisawau, said the centre had been piloting the delivery of the Fiji National Qualifications Framework.

“The centre is also working in collaboration with the Australia – Pacific Technical College (APTC) to deliver the Fiji National Qualifications Framework together with Australian Level II in cookery and automotive mechanic,’’ she said.

“We witnessed the product of what the schools offered which justifies the skills and knowledge gained through the advanced training.”

She said the centre teaches skills, which will enable students to gain employment as they leave school or start their own business.

The centre’s assistant principal, Shalendra Kumar said, “The aim of organising the Open Day was to create awareness among the public and the students of secondary schools of the courses we offer,”

The centre provides vocational education in areas like automotive engineering, automotive electrical and electronics, cabinet making and joinery and cookery.

It also offers hands on experience in advanced office technology. Students are offered competency-based training which are assessed by external assessors appointed by the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC).

He said the centre’s partnership in 2013 with the Australian Pacific Technical College (APTC) now gives students qualifications of Australian recognised Certificate II level. Meanwhile, Nawai Secondary School’s Year 10 student, Iliesa Tukonao said the Open Day was a great learning experience.

“The mechanical workshop at the centre is well equipped giving students the needed hands on experience needed before venturing into the work field. I think I’ll enrol at the centre after I complete my secondary studies,’’ he said.

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