New training facilities for Disability and Children’s Services opens

APIA: THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER 2012: New training facilities to cater for students in new courses in Children’s Services and Disability were opened by the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi at the Australia-Pacific Technical College yesterday. These new courses will increase to nine the number of programs offered by APTC in Samoa.

Members of the APTC Advisory Group, a group of senior experts and specialists from across the Pacific attend the opening. This Advisory Group, which provides strategic advice to the APTC and AusAID, is having its regional meeting in Samoa this week.

The new facilities will be known as the Va’aimamao Centre (Focus on the Future Centre). They provide training venues on the NUS campus for the Certificate III in Children’s Services and the Certificate III in Disability.

These courses commenced in July this year in response to industry demand. They will continue in 2013. There are 31 Samoan students studying these two courses this semester as well as four from Tuvalu.

The facilities are located at House 1 and 2 on To’omatagi Road, opposite the National University of Samoa main campus and have been modified to create teaching spaces that suits the needs of each course.

In House 1, the Disability course is taught to people already working with people (adults or children) who have disabilities. This house has been modified to demonstrate and teach international best practice in access, activities and care for people with disabilities.  All of the students in the current course are from Samoa and they include students who themselves have a disability and are working with people with disabilities.

House 2 is the home of the Children’s Services Course. This course covers the age range of children from birth to age 5 and is for people already working in this critical area of education. All of the current students are pre-school teachers in Samoa and Tuvalu and they are studying all aspects of children’s growth and development.

The Australia-Pacific Technical College is funded by the Australian Government through AusAID and now has 5 campuses throughout the Pacific region delivering a total of 23 training programs.

In Samoa, APTC delivers 9 training programs at the NUS campus in two schools. These Schools specialise in Trades & Technology, and Hospitality & Community Services.

All APTC qualifications are recognised Australian awards, which is an additional advantage to Pacific region graduates who are interested in seeking employment opportunities and experience beyond their home countries.

Samoans interested in applying for APTC courses can call the APTC office on +685 26844 or check out the new APTC website at www.aptc.edu.au.

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