Construction students from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) put their skills to use in carrying out renovation works at Father Law Home, which is a private aged care facility managed by the Sisters of our Lady of Nazareth located in Suva.
The renovation project included the refurbishment of residents’ rooms, bathroom and toilet facilities, walkways, and utensil and laundry washing rooms.
The renovations started in March this year. APTC’s Carpentry students repaired the walkways and widened the clothes-drying shed and the Wall and Floor Tiling students replaced existing tiles in rooms and slippery slopes with safe and decorative pattern tiles.
The students also secured bathtubs, plastered difficult spaces including sink benches, and repaired piping. The renovation finished with the repainting of the facility by APTC’s Painting and Decorating students.
APTC Fiji Country Manager, Mr Jonathan Todd, says the renovation project was a chance for students from the different construction programs to work together and use their skills to give back to the community.
“All these activities directly related to the units of competency and assessment requirements for the students. They have been able to practise what they have learned so far, and this will help them when they go back into the workforce.”
“It has been an inspiring and humbling experience for all of us at APTC. We are very grateful to have had the opportunity to assist the elderly in our communities through this initiative and we look forward to conducting similar projects,” Mr Todd added.
Sister in Charge, Sister Elenoa Lauwai Mere, thanked APTC on behalf of the residents and staff of Father Law Home.
“The staff and students of APTC have done great work, in helping upgrade parts of the Home to meet hygiene and safety standards.”
Sister Elenoa said that residents can now move around with ease in the newly concreted walkways and the renovated walls and floors that have been improved.
“It has brought smiles and happiness to the residents who appreciate this clean and healthy environment. Thank you so much, APTC, for your support to the Home.”
APTC is an innovative development project funded by the Australian Government, delivering internationally-recognised Australian skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers for skilled workers across the Pacific.
APTC offers training to citizens of 14 Pacific Islands Countries and has campuses in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.