The Australian Pacific Training Coalition last week jointly delivered the first-ever employability workshop with the National University of Samoa (NUS).
More than 200 students were part of the two-day workshop that aimed to better prepare them for entry into the workforce.
Enhancing employability skills is a priority for the APTC – Australia’s flagship Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) investment in the Pacific region.
Representatives from various organisations shared key insights and challenges in securing and maintaining employment.
Speakers included the Ministry of Commerce Industry & Labour (MCIL), Public Service Commission, Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA)
Samoa Tourism, Samoa Business Hub (SBH) and the NUS School of Maritime Training.
APTC works collaboratively with national governments, development partners, private sector, organisations for people living with disabilities, civil society organisations (CSO) and Pacific TVET institutions regionally and across nine Pacific Island countries: Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Nauru, Tuvalu, Tonga and Kiribati.
“We work closely with industry representatives around the Pacific to ensure our training programs are relevant and aligned with current and future career opportunities for our graduates – careers where skilled employees are in high demand”.