Temalesi Lutu from Namuka Village in Bau, Tailevu has every reason to celebrate her achievement as the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC)’s first female national trainer. Progressing from being a tutor at APTC to becoming a qualified trainer, she took advantage of the opportunities presented to her over the last four years. Temalesi, or Tema as she is known to her colleagues and students is a trailblazer for other Pacific Island women, by leading the way forward for the development of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) across the region.
APTC delivers qualifications accredited under the Australian Qualifications Framework, which are locally, regionally and internationally recognised. APTC is funded by the Australian Government, with campuses in five countries across the Pacific – Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
Tema is currently employed by APTC as a Trainer in Hospitality Supervision and Hospitality Lodge at its School of Hospitality and Community Services. Tema joined APTC in March 2010 as a tutor in Training and Assessment with the School of Trades and Technology. Prior to joining APTC, she worked as a vocational education teacher at Ratu Navula College in Nadi, Fiji teaching hospitality courses.