Australia Pacific Technical College
The Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) is an Australian Government aid program established to deliver a range of Australian Qualifications to Pacific Islanders. APTC is a TVET centre of excellence aimed at skilling and qualifying Pacific Island citizens for a range of occupations in demand across the Pacific. These include but are not limited to, health and community services, education, business and management, hospitality and tourism, automotive, manufacturing, construction and electrical trades.
Stage One was delivered through a consortium of TAFE Queensland East Coast, Box Hill Institute and Sinclair Knight Mertz. This Stage was successful in delivering Australian qualifications from certificate to diploma level in colleges in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Vanuatu in the automotive, manufacturing, construction, hospitality, tourism and health and community services sectors. APTC Stage I successfully delivered all contractual outcomes in relation to establishment and implementation of the College, with campuses established in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu.
In 2011, the consortium had the opportunity to build on the successful first phase of the APTC. Working together, the APTC, Box Hill Institute, GRM International and TAFE Queensland have collaborated successfully to deliver training to approximately 6,000 graduates since 2007.
The graduate target for APTC Stage II was initially set at 3,450 graduates. APTC will exceed this target, with the delivery of 4,883 graduates at the end of the Stage II contract. Feedback from the 2015 APTC Student Tracer survey reports that 99% of graduates were highly satisfied or satisfied with their course and that graduates continue to have high employability with 92% in employment at the time of the survey. Furthermore, 95% of employers surveyed reported that graduates had a positive impact on the productivity or overall performance of their business and 99% strongly agreed or agreed that graduates demonstrated the ability to perform to the expectations of the workplace. In addition to training and delivery support, APTC has made significant contributions to the refurbishment and improvement of facilities, asset maintenance funds and capacity-building strategies of their partners.