Thirty-one teachers and trainers have successfully completed a two-week Australian international trainers and assessors course.
The course was offered by the Australian Pacific Teaching Coalition in partnership with the Samoa Qualification Authority (S.Q.A.) under the auspices of the S.Q.A. P.S.E.T. (Post School Education and Training) Support Fund.
It was held at the Vision Restaurant at Vaivase last Friday and aims to increase the potential of graduates from T.V.E.T. providers in Samoa to find jobs – through the provision of training programs and qualified trainers.
According to the S.Q.A. Board chair, Gatoloaifaana Tilianamua Afamasaga, the initiative was a request from their office to the A.P.T.C.
“The joy comes from the realization of this event is the achievement of one of the goals of the authority’s corporate plan 2017 – 2020 which is ensuring that Post School Education and Trainers have the education qualifications as well as the technical qualifications in their specialty areas.
“The out scheme of achievement trainers is the key activity under the strategy for the implementation of the Samoa Professional Standards for T.V.E.T. trainers to improve the quality of T.V.E.T. in Samoa.
“In consultation with our providers it was found that while most trainers were experts in their fields and trains they did not have the inquired training in education and training. This was the long standing issues with T.V.E.T. providers and therefore S.Q.A. requested A.P.T.C. to offer this training,” said Gatoloai.
She said what they are expecting is that after the completion of the training the awardees will demonstrate greater commitment and dedication to their work of equipping Samoa’s youth for the future.
“It is our expectation also the greater returns for this investment will be shown through graduates from T.V.E.T. provider programs that are skilled committed and enable to contribute constructively to the environment of Samoa,” she said.
Vice principal of Vaiola T.V.E.T. Institute, Br. Taleni Tufuga told the gathering that the training was a huge success.
“As a new registered P.S.E.T. provider in Samoa we ate very fortunate to be invited to the training. It was at the right time given the need we had in constructing our courses and program documents.
“The training included the proper way of formulating the curriculum that is competency based and incorporates the Samoa National Competency Standards (N.C.S.) and the associated Samoa Qualifications from S.Q.A.”