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A regional launch of the Australia Pacific Technical College brand was held Thursday at its headquarters in Apia where the Minister for Foreign Aid from Australia, Julie Bishop, announced the third phase of the Australia Pacific Technical College, including its rebadging as the Australia Pacific Training Coalition, still to be known as APTC.
“We have recognised there are still skill shortages in the Pacific.We recognise that there is a high level of unemployment and that a key driver of economic growth productivity and job opportunities, are high quality qualifications.
“So we are now entering the second eight year period of the APTC and this time to refocus so that we ensure that the institution is fit for purpose that its flexible and embrace its innovation and that its providing the training qualification that Pacific island want and need.
“We start by changing the name to better reflect the operations of APTC. It will now be the Australian Pacific Training Coalition,” said Bishop.
The Australia Pacific Training Coalition will be working in partnership with the universities, businesses, industries and other training organisations and it will be a pathway, for the graduates, to more opportunities with employment and further qualifications.
“We will be making partnerships a key picture in APTC and im glad we still have the same acronym so we don’t have to change the T Shirt and the APTC will work in partnership with the Universities, that Tait sectors, with business, industry with other training organisations
“And it will be a pathway for graduates to the universities, for example, the nursing courses at the National University of Samoa, its doing some undertaken first aid, anatomy and some of the health training courses at APTC, then that will give them a pathway into the nursing qualifications bachelor and diploma courses at the NUS.
Likewise we like to do that partnership with the USP and with Pacific Tait, she said
“We will also align the Pacific qualification with that Pacific Labour Scheme so that there is a synergy between those two initiatives.
“I’m delighted that Queensland Tait will continue to provide services and I congratulate the CEO for putting together a professional team including a number of Pacific Islanders who will do the services across the APTC.
“One thing huge benefits of the APTC is as an institution, it is a significant employer. When we began the institution back in 2007, about 20 percent of those employed by the APTC were Pacific islanders.
Today, that is 80 percent of the trainers, and workers of the APTC are from the region. And that’s a wonderful outcome,” said Bishop.
Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi spoke on behalf of the Pacific Island Forum members acknowledging the Australian Government for the initiative.
“We are indeed appreciative of the Government of Australia’s initiative to take this approach to ensure that the wider blue Pacific community is incentivized to develop and support a more skilled, inclusive and productive workforce in order to enhance Pacific prosperity”
“I am sure that there will be challenges for the APTC in her Stage 3 Phase as they work out how to operate in a more flexible and adaptive way to deliver more complex outcomes. But we are looking forward to the years ahead for APTC and what it will deliver for the Pacific,” said Prime Minister Tuilaepa.
SOURCE: SAVALI NEWS PAPER/PACNEWS
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