On Friday, 29 November 2013, 78 students graduated from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC). The graduation ceremony was an opportunity for graduates to celebrate, their achievements in successfully obtaining an Australian qualification, in the presence of their families and friends. The ceremony was held at the Australian Aid Lecture Theatre, University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva.
APTC is a development initiative of the Australian Government that delivers training to increase the supply of skilled workers in targeted industry sectors in the Pacific. The College has campuses in Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.
Graduates received internationally recognised Australian qualifications at a Certificate III or IV level, having successfully completed their studies in one of the following APTC courses: Automotive, Carpentry, Children’s Services, Commercial Cookery, Diesel Fitting, Disability Studies, Fitting & Machining, Hairdressing, Home and Community/Aged Care, Hospitality, Plumbing, Tourism, Training and Assessment, Wall and Floor Tiling and Youth Work. They joined over 5,600 APTC graduates from 14 Pacific Island countries. A recent survey shows over 90% of graduates are gainfully employed.