The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) recently collaborated with vocational centres in Savai’i, Samoa, to provide learning resources and tools for quality technical and vocational education and training (TVET) delivery.
APTC’s Country Director for Samoa and Tonga, Cheri Robinson Moors, said this was part of efforts to improve TVET pathways, employment outcomes and workplace productivity by collaborating with national TVET providers.
The work was part of the TVET Advocacy Initiative – Strengthening Business and Industry Engagement with Samoa TVET Training Providers, funded through APTC’s TVET System Strengthening Platform (TSSP) Incentive Fund.
A critical part of the Incentive Fund is ensuring that APTC collaborates with stakeholders to ensure co-investment by reform partners – financially and in kind – in supporting and incentivising TVET reform initiatives that are locally led, owned and driven.
The collaboration was informed by APTC’s consultations in March this year with the Uesiliana Vocational Centre, Don Bosco College and Vocational Centre, Vaiola College and the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (CCCS) Vocational School in Savai’i. From these consultations, limited access to learning resources was identified as a key challenge.
Six months later, and with consideration of how best to address this issue, APTC returned to Uesiliana Vocational Centre and the CCCS Vocational School with tools and textbooks to help address the identified challenges.
Ms Moors stressed the importance of resource sharing among TVET providers, and affirmed the need for collaborative initiatives and shared commitment from all stakeholders.
“We feel privileged to be in a position to share these resources with Savai’i TVET providers, and to know that these resources and tools will contribute to enhanced training opportunities for students and communities,” she said.
Reverend Sione Malau, Vice Principal of Uesiliana Vocational Centre, expressed his gratitude for APTC’s contribution of textbooks for fabrication, cookery and plumbing courses.
Echoing similar sentiments Namulauulu Tavita Leaumoana, Principal of CCCS Vocational School, acknowledged APTC for the provision of plumbing textbooks that will add value to student learning.
Ms Moors reaffirmed that APTC looks forward to collaborating with other TVET providers in the near future.