To provide A.P.T.C students with opportunities to auxiliary widen their vocational, employment and life goals was the main focus of the Work Skills Forum that was held yesterday at the N.U.S Fale.
It intends to prepare graduates with the ability and understanding to start a small business utilising occupational expertise attained or through hidden talents recognized during training.
It supports the apprentice in their profession preparation and develops their employability skills.
The Forum complements the work skills programme that is delivered throughout the semester as a response to skill needs of local industries and to prepare the students in their transition back to their work places.
Throughout the presentations from the special guests, students will engage with employers on expectations from A.P.T.C graduates when returning to work.
The forum was divided into two phases, the continuity of the A.P.T.C to Work End of the Course Forum and the Introduction of the Small Business Workshop.
A.P.T.C invited not only representatives of the industries of courses offered at the A.P.T.C to share their employer perspectives with the students, but business related organisations and individuals to share their views and services in operating small business.
The aim is for these representatives to indicate additional, rational and harmonizing information to what was delivered in the work skills programme.
Various speakers covered a range of areas and offered advice to students in preparing them in their transition back to work and address any inquires on employment expectations and self-employment.
The A.P.T.C students will benefit from this enormously.
It will greatly enhance the work skills of the graduates and provide them with the skills and knowledge that the industry expects them to get back in the workplace.
Furthermore, it will also present them with the assurance to set up their own businesses if they choose this path of employment.
The graduates could also go and operate successful small enterprises in the future.
This in turn will produce employment and produce profits for the general nation.
In addition to their vocational training, A.P.T.C also reinforces the learners’ journey in providing pathways for returning to employment, new employment, self employment, voluntary work and future learning post A.P.T.C.
The programme is delivered throughout the semester alongside vocational training with work orientated areas including an overview of the Australian Core Skills Framework.
This forum will not only engage the student with industry representative but provide them with an opportunity to venture into self-employment at the completion of their vocational studies.