86 Samoans graduate from APTC

EIGHTY-SIX Samoans and one New Zealand national graduated this week from the Australia-Pacific Technical College with qualifications in 13 programs.

  • Staff Reporter
  • 17 March 2017
  • 05:52
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86 Samoans graduate from APTC Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi

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Since its establishment in 2007, around 10,600 students have graduated from APTC including 1336 Samoans.
APTC is an innovative development project funded by the Australian government, delivering skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers across the Pacific region.
The graduates received their certificates from Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Malielegaoi. The Prime Minister congratulated the graduates and encouraged them to use their new qualifications to contribute to the development of their families and country.
In her closing remarks to the graduates, Australian High Commissioner Sue Langford said that the APTC was Australia's flagship program in the Pacific.
"This is because APTC qualifications are highly valued by employers. Ninety-eight percent of graduates have maintained or secured employment with noted increases in salaries."
She added that the APTC had also been proactive in developing courses based on demand from the Samoan market. One of these programs is the Certificate III in education support, offered for the first time this year.
The new graduates studied at APTC campuses in Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu.
APTC offers training to students from 14 Pacific countries and has campuses in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
The latest batch of graduates qualified in the following programs: commercial cookery, engineering (fabrication trade), engineering (mechanical trade), health services assistance, hospitality, individual support, light vehicle mechanical technology, painting and decorating, plumbing, tourism, disability, training and assessment and youth work.
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