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Graduates Encouraged To Contribute To Nation

Believe in your skills, believe in your country, step up and realise the potential you have, says Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya. He made this statement
12 Jun 2016 12:04
Graduates Encouraged To Contribute To Nation
Graduates from APTC celebrate. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Believe in your skills, believe in your country, step up and realise the potential you have, says Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya.

He made this statement while speaking to more than 150 graduates of Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) during the graduation at the Australia Pacific Lecture Theatre in the University of the South Pacific’s Laucala Campus yesterday.

“You are unique with your gifts and skills to contribute to the development of our nation.  You are Fiji, and being the hub in the Pacific, a place accessible to around nine million people, or 36 million if we include Australia and New Zealand, you have a great opportunity to influence and contribute to development,” he said.

Mr Koya said Government was looking at promoting youths to be a more innovative sector which would bring new ideas, seize and establish new opportunities of developing our economy further.

“Never set limits to your capabilities, but use them to the best of your ability.

“You have chosen certain areas to study and now are graduates in your respective fields whether it is in trade, technology, tourism or youth work.

Mr Koya also urged the graduates to share their knowledge and apply their new skills in the workforce to help improve and sustain existing systems.

“Be active in your youth communities and share your ideas to inspire our young people and also address the modern day challenges which impact their lives.

“Your contributions will also help Government in ensuring that our policies and plans address issues that directly impact your lives and build a better and smarter Fiji,” he said.

Mr Koya also urged the graduates to be passionate about their country.

“Many have shared your sacrifices to be where you are today so make your contribution count. Start small from within your groups, family, community and share your learning to make life a better experience, one that everyone will live to enjoy,” he said.

The graduates completed their Australian qualifications in 16 different programmes.

APTC is an innovative development project funded by the Australian Government, delivering Australian-standard skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers for skilled workers across the Pacific.

Since its establishment in 2007, APTC has had over 9500 graduates, more than 2700 graduates are Fijians.

APTC has campuses in Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu apart from the one here in Fiji.

This was the second APTC graduation ceremony to be hosted in Fiji this year compared to 59 students who were awarded qualifications in 15 programmes in Nadi last year.

APTC Fiji was also involved in recovery efforts after Cyclone Winston which hit the country in February.



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