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129 Graduate From APTC

Yesterday 129 students graduated in 14 specialised technical and vocational programmes from the Australia Pacific Technical College. The graduation took place at the University of the South Pacific’s AusAid Lecture
11 Apr 2015 09:55
129 Graduate From APTC
Some of the graduates from the Australia Pacific Technical College yesterday. Photo: Rama

Yesterday 129 students graduated in 14 specialised technical and vocational programmes from the Australia Pacific Technical College.

The graduation took place at the University of the South Pacific’s AusAid Lecture Theater where more than 350 people joined to witness students graduate.

APTC is a development initiative funded by the Australian Government to deliver training and increase the supply of skilled workers in targeted sectors in the Pacific region.

APTC has campuses in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji Margaret Twomey acknowledged the  contributions of trainees’ families and friends, as well as government and industry stakeholders in APTC’s efforts to produce “work-ready” graduates.

She encouraged graduates to direct their skills back into their communities.

“It is our hope that when you leave here today, you will utilise to the maximum the skills and knowledge that you have acquired,” Ms Twomey said.

“Seize opportunities that come your way, so that you can create positive changes in your life, in the welfare of your families and enrich your community and your country.”

APTC chief executive officer, Denise O’Brien said the graduates demonstrated hard work, courage and dedication towards learning.

“As a result you have been awarded an Australian vocational qualification that is recognised nationally and internationally,” she said.

“We trust that you have not only acquired skills and knowledge to equip you well for employment but you leave this training experience with new professional friendship.”

The event marked a number of key highlights which included one graduate from Nauru and 128 Fijians graduating, graduates of the Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance/Health Services are the first Fijian citizens to graduate from this programme, which was delivered in Samoa and two female graduates attained a Trade Qualification in Certificate III in Painting and Decorating.

APTC has had 2101 Fiji graduates to date (not including those graduating yesterday); out of which 844 graduates were women.

farisha.ahmed@fijisun.com.fj

 




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