Opportunity beckons for new graduates
Some 71 people officially had their new skills recognised and celebrated on Thursday as they graduated with technical and vocational qualifications from the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (A.P.T.C).
The graduation ceremony was held at the National University of Samoa’s gymnasium where over a hundred gathered, especially parents, guardians and friends of the graduates.
The graduates received certificates from various fields such as: education support, engineering-fabrication, hospitality, training and assessment, leadership and management and international skills training.
The ceremony was attended by the Associate Minister of Education, Sports and Culture, Agaseata Valelio Tanuvasa Peto; Australian High Commissioner to Samoa, Emily Luck; and the A.P.T.C. Country Director for Samoa and Tonga, Cheri Robinson Moors.
Agaseata said that the graduation is a celebration of the achievements of the 71 talented women and men who have graduated.
He added that it is a result of hard work and resilience that the graduates have demonstrated in completing their training.
The Associate Minister of Education acknowledged the Australian Government and A.P.T.C. for their continuous support to the Government of Samoa’s effort in promoting female participation skills training.
The Executive Director of A.P.T.C., Janelle Chapman conveyed a graduation saying that the graduates have accomplished a lot since they started their study with APTC but you have done more than just grow intellectually.
“You have demonstrated courage, hard work and dedication to your learning. As a result, you have been awarded an Australian vocational qualification that is recognised nationally and internationally,” she said,
“I am confident that the friendships, memories and lessons learned during your time with us will always be part of your life-long learning and living journey.
“Your achievements are impressive but you have not realised success on your own. You have been supported by parents, family members, friends, employers, sponsors, and of course, by your hard working teaching staff.
“Without the support of these people, and others, your success would not be complete.”
Ms. Chapman said that the graduates join the A.P.T.C. Alumni of more than 17,000 A.P.T.C. graduates around the region.
“I am confident that your A.P.T.C. learning experience has prepared you well to serve as leaders and role models in your families and communities.
“I encourage you to become an active member of your A.P.T.C. Alumni Chapter in your countries and stay connected with us.
“A.P.T.C. remains committed to continue delivering Technical and Vocational Education, and Training (T.V.E.T.) to Pacific men and women, and do much more in terms of boosting employment outcomes, addressing skills shortages in the region and strengthening Pacific T.V.E.T. systems.”
“We need you, as our alumni, to support us in achieving our goal of creating a skilled, inclusive and productive workforce for our region.”
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