By Timothy Inifiri Jr.
The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) in Solomon Islands welcomed its newest graduates of 88 today at the St Barnabas Cathedral Hall, St. Barnabas Hall, Honiara.
The graduates, that include 45 females and 43 males, gained Australian qualifications in four different courses of study, including Hospitality, Leadership and Management, Team Leader Skill Set and International Skills Training.
In her keynote address, Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Honourable Lanelle Olandrea Tanangada congratulated graduates the graduates on their achievements and said that their hardwork and perseverance had finally paid off.
“It is also notable to see 45 women graduating in this ceremony, that includes women that are leaders in their field that have completed the team leaders’ skill set and certificate IV in leadership and management this is an incredible achievement especially since TVET is often perceived as a career pathway for men.,” Tanangada said.
“The APTC plays a role in helping the Solomon Islands Government achieve its roles of ensuring Solomon Islanders have access to education and receive the much needed empowerment skills and knowledge to gain meaningful employment,” she added.
Tanangada also acknowledged the Australian Government for their significant contribution in establishing APTC which she says is a major investment in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) across the Pacific.
Ms Cathy Hiruapu, a graduating student in Certificate II in Hospitality (SIT20316 said as a graduand the accomplishment is a major milestone for most of them and to gain an Australian Internationally recognised qualification is a remarkably huge achievement.
Also attending the ceremony and presenting the closing remarks is Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, His Excellency Dr .Lachlan Strahan who also congratulate the graduates.
“I’m very mindful that your studies have occurred while the boarders to Solomon Islands have been closed while there were restrictions on movement and that makes your achievements today even more admirable”, added Strachan.
The graduation ceremony was a first in a while for APTC in Solomon Islands with three of the previous years’ graduations all done virtually due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
Today’s ceremony marks a second and final graduation for 2022.
With the inaugural TVET awards launched earlier this year through APTC have enabled 125 students from seven rural training centers around the country to receive TVET training through five national pilot skills training areas.