The graduates with the invited guests

65 Ni- Vanuatu Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) students graduated yesterday at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT) Training Centre in Port Vila.

These students graduated with Certificate III in Education Support, Carpentry, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Tourism, and certificate in International Skills Training.

A total of 35 out of the 65 graduates were females — an achievement that was highly praised by the guest speakers in their speeches throughout the ceremony.

The Country Director of APTC to Vanuatu and Nauru, Nick Venables, acknowledged that women are important to the economy and society and that it was very exciting to see that women were the majority of the graduates yesterday.

“We are always excited to try and encourage more females to come, we want to make sure that our learning environment space is free, open, and inviting to women to come study,” he said.

The Director added the 65 students reflected a slight increase in the number of graduates compared to the past years, during which there was a decrease, due to COVID-19.

“We’ll probably see an increase in the future cohorts, just as the borders have opened up,” he added.

A few of the students from the Education support cohort have also been awarded Vanuatu- Government scholarship to further their studies at the National University of Vanuatu (NUV).

“It is really exciting for them to further continue their studies to work towards a higher qualification at the university, that will hopefully help them in their teaching career, and help to improve the education of children across Vanuatu,” the Director added.

However, Mr. Venables clarified that this is not an APTC initiative.

The scholarship awardees had applied themselves, but he expressed that nonetheless APTC is proud of them. He also relayed that 80% of the Education Support graduates have been accepted into the Teaching Service Commission (TSC).