Basic sewing class delivered by TBEC Trainer Mrs. Kesaia Pome'e. This course starts today 28th September til the 10th October 2017.
Twenty teachers and trainers working in vocational education in Tonga are undergoing an Australian recognized Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, launched on September 25.
Australian High Commissioner HE Mr Andrew Ford said students include teachers and trainers from eight of the largest government and church training organizations such as Tonga Institute of Higher Education (TIHE), Queen Salote Institute of Nursing and ‘Ahopanilolo Technical Institute.
There are also students from the Tonga Business Enterprise Centre (TBEC),Tonga Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship (TYEE) and Tonga Skills.
“Graduates will receive an internationally recognized Australian qualification through TAFE Queensland.”
He said graduates will be able to use their skills to design, deliver and assess training in workplaces and in flexible modes at international standards.
“I encourage you to make the most of this valuable opportunity and take these skills back and share with your colleagues and managers.”
Tonga Skills stated this certificate is highly regarded as a benchmark international qualification for teachers and trainers working in the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.
The training is delivered by Australia's Pacific Technical College trainer David Dickens to run for six-weeks between this month and January, 2018.
"Tonga Skills worked closely with APTC and the Tonga Association of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TATVET) to select the 20 participants from existing TNQAB registered training organizations as well as new training providers in Tonga."
Over 30 Tongan nationals proudly received their certificates in 12 different programs during the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) graduation ceremony in Nuku'alofa on 20 September, 2017.
The new graduates join more than 400 APTC Tongan alumni, of which over 220 are women.
In his keynote address, Australian High Commissioner to Tonga, His Excellency, Mr Andrew Ford congratulated the new graduates on their achievements.
“You are now a recipient of an internationally-recognised qualification. This means that you have the ability to shape your future with new and innovative ideas and make a difference in your own spheres of influence. I encourage you to share your new skills and knowledge to serve your employers, families, communities and your country,” he said.
“I am pleased that APTC offers skills and training that is aligned to labour market demand to allow Tongan nationals and other Pacific Islanders to gain Australian skills and qualifications for a wide range of vocational careers. It is supporting greater opportunities for productive employment and self-employment for Pacific people in national and international labour markets and improving economic growth.”
H.E. Mr Ford also congratulated APTC on achieving the milestone of successfully providing technical and vocational education and training across the Pacific for the last 10 years.
Since it was established in 2007, APTC has provided internationally recognised Australian skills and qualifications to more than 11,000 Pacific women and men from 14 Pacific Island Forum countries.
“The Australian Government is proud to support the Australia-Pacific Technical College and the work it has done over the last decade in upskilling Pacific Island citizens. The excellent track record of these APTC graduates in employment and communities, especially here in Tonga, speaks well of APTC’s remarkable progress over the past 10 years,” he said.
H.E. Mr Ford also made special mention of the women graduates, adding, the skills and training provided by APTC to women is in line with the Australian Government’s development priority of creating equal opportunities for women.
Tongan alumni from 2008 to 2017 held a special procession at the start of the ceremony to commemorate APTC’s 10-year anniversary.
APTC’s 10-year anniversary was launched earlier this month by the Samoan Prime Minister, Honourable Afioga Fatialofa Tuilaepa Sailele Lupesoliai Malielegaoi at the APTC Samoa graduation.
Pearl Carving was delivered at the Fofo'anga Hall with 11 participants. This training started on the 18th and ended today 21st with the participants receiving their certificate of accomplishment. Attending the ceremony was Dr. 'Uhilamoelangi Fasi, Team Leader for Tonga Skills, Ms Francis Howes, the Skills Supply Advisor from Tonga Skills, Mrs. Tu'ifua Takapautolo, the Skills Planning Coordinator for Tonga Skills, TBEC Staff 'Ilaisaane Tupou and TBEC Trainer Mr. Atunaisa Kali. Thank you to Tonga Skills for funding this training. Job well done
Good Customer Service Course (Part 2) was delivered to the staff and management of the University of the South Pacific (USP) with TBEC Trainer Mrs. Suliana Pahulu
TCCI's CEO Mrs. Dorina Kioa met with members of the Australian Parliamentary Delegation when they visited Tonga this week. The Delegation included Senator the Hon. Ian Macdonald, Senator John Williams and Mr. Steve Georganas MP who were looking at Tonga - Australia collaborative activities in the Government and private sectors including agriculture and export industries.
Mrs. Kioa was very impressed with the interest shown by the Delegation at the presentation by Nishi Industries.
" The Delegation members included members of parliament from Australia's farming community" said Mrs. Kioa.
" They were very interested in the farming skills training implemented by Nishi Industries which TBEC had contributed to. They also suggested ways in which Australia could work with Nishi to develop Tongan Agriculture on a more sustainable basis."
Mrs. Kioa added that Nishi Industries thanked the Australian Government for the support given to Tongan Agriculture and mentioned a major area of further support needed was in farmer training particularly "Train the Trainers" programs.
The Tonga Chamber of Commerce has strengthened its ties with its Australian counterparts by establishing the Tonga - Australia Chamber of Commerce (TACC).
The TACC was established following a successful visit to Australia by the Tonga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) and Tongan business operators in March this year. The delegation met with Chambers of Commerce in New South Wales and Queensland.
The visit has supported closer working relationships between businesses in ...Australia and Tonga and will support Tonga's effective participation in the PACER Plus agreement recently signed here in Tonga.
The Tonga High Commission in Canberra and Tonga Consulate office in Sydney collaborated to establish the TACC.
Monitoring & Evaluation course was delivered to the staff and management of the Ministry of Infrastructure on the 08th - 09th June. 10 staff participated in this very effective 2 days training with Trainer, Miss Lilieta Takau.
The Ministry of Revenue & Customs Tax Division have kindly offered an amnesty period for the payment of your taxes. Applications for amnesty are to be submitted from 01st May - 31st May 2017.