28 Jul 2007

Technical college to take in students to fill critical skill shortages in the Pacific region

7:21 am on 28 July 2007

The Australia-Pacific Technical College will have its first student intake this month, with the hope of helping to fill critical skill shortages in the pacific region.

Training centres will be run in Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

The Australian Government has committed to providing over 130-million US dollars for the establishment and operation of the college, which hopes to boost employment opportunities and economic growth in the Pacific region.

The College will offer training in automotive, construction, manufacturing, electrical trades, tourism, hospitality and health and community services.

Scholarships will be available from next year so students from smaller island states can take part.