Classes for 2016 have commenced at the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC). Welcome orientation events were held on the 18th and 19th of January across APTC Campuses in Samoa and other Pacific islands.
In Samoa, the students were warmly welcomed by APTC Samoa Country Manager Pat Vella, APTC Student Welfare Officer Tekoa Tafea and the APTC staff.
In welcoming the new students Ms Vella said, “You are representing your family, workplace and community, so I encourage you to do the best you can so that you can make a difference for your family, community, industry and country.”
She encouraged all students to “make full use of all the resources and support provided by APTC so that you can successfully complete your studies and add to the number of Pacific Islanders with an internationally recognised Australian qualification.”
The two-day orientation, which is part of APTC’s extensive support for students helps to ensure they are well prepared for the start of their studies. Orientation presentations included briefings from APTC staff about what to expect during their training, their responsibilities as students of APTC and tips to help them prepare for their studies and live as a student in Samoa for the next six months. APTC Alumni, Samoa Police Community Unit and Samoa Family Health also presented to the students.
On the second day, the students were treated to a traditional Samoan Ava welcoming ceremony at Lupe’s Beach. It was also an opportunity for them to connect with their trainers and colleagues before the serious coursework began the next day.
Students at the Samoa Campus undertake courses in: Commercial Cookery, Hospitality, Plumbing, Metal Fabrication and Welding and Youth Work.
For the first time, the Certificate IV in Youth Work course is being offered in Samoa. APTC and the Samoan youth services are excited about this opportunity to develop the skills and qualifications of Youth Workers in Samoa. APTC is a development programme funded by the Australian Government. It delivers a wide range of technical and vocational courses to increase the supply of skilled, competitive and productive workers in targeted sectors across the Pacific region.
Around 90 scholarship awardees from Samoa, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Tonga and Tuvalu, will be completing an internationally-recognised Australian qualification with APTC at its Samoa Campus.