PRESS RELEASE: Short courses help build skills for Samoans

SAMOA, 6 October – The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) has delivered four targeted short courses to 115 Samoans to build skills, including in the infrastructure sector, as part of Australia’s support for ongoing COVID-19 recovery and reconstruction in Samoa.

Eighty-six (86) Samoans received certificates in Work, Health and Safety (WHS), Digital Literacy, Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) and Drainage Plumbing in Upolu. Another 29 Savaii participants received certificates for completing the WHS training.

Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Samoa, Mr Barry Patterson, congratulated the cohort and conveyed Australia’s best wishes.

“Australia will continue to support the Government of Samoa and the private sector as they seek to build a skilled workforce that reflects a changing world, a workforce that meets the needs of industry and guarantees strong employment outcomes for graduates like you and those in the future,” he added.

WHS short course participant Henry Ott, who works as a site engineer for King Construction in Upolu, said the course had equipped him with valuable skills and knowledge in risk assessment, identification of hazardous materials on construction sites and the planning and application of safe work practices, including emergency situations. procedures.

APTC National Director for Samoa and Tonga, Lagaaia Lealiifano Easter Manila-Silipa, said APTC will continue to provide skills through these targeted courses that add value and enhance the growth of industries. vital and help more Samoans to participate in learning and employment opportunities.

The WHS, Digital Literacy, LLN and Drainage Plumbing programs ran from February to August this year. The cohort joins over 280 Samoans who have been trained under Australia’s COVID-19 response plan for Samoa.

Participants in the Drainage Plumbing Courses and LLN Short Courses were referred by the Samoa Independent Water Scheme Association and Nuanua O Le Alofa (NOLA) respectively. The majority of digital literacy participants were from local TVET providers.

Other programs delivered as part of Australia’s COVID-19 support to Samoa include the Consultancy Diploma, Certificate I in Construction, International Skills Training, Advanced Trainer and Assessor Course, as well as courses short courses on employability skills, consulting, construction, e-citizenship, plumbing. and Drainage.

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For more information, please contact APTC’s Strategic Communications team via email: media@aptc.edu.au or phone: +679 7021819 or visit our website: www.aptc.edu.au

About APTC:

APTC is a Center of Training Excellence providing Australian Standard qualifications in a variety of professional fields. APTC programs are delivered by highly trained, highly skilled trainers and are relevant and aligned with current and future career opportunities for graduates – careers where skilled employees are in high demand. As Australia’s flagship investment in technical and vocational education and training in the region, APTC serves ten countries: Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Nauru, Tuvalu, Tonga and Kiribati.

APTC is an Australian Government initiative in partnership with the Pacific and Timor-Leste.