Graduates urged to be at their best in workplaces

APTC Labasa graduates with Australian High Commisisoner John Feakes and chief guest Amraiya N aidu following their graduation. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

OPPORTUNITIES opened for 28 skilled workers who graduated with vocational qualifications from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) in Labasa yesterday.Board chairman of TISI Sangam College of Nursing and Health Care Education Amraiya Naidu told graduates they should be proud to join the 12,100 APTC graduates from the Pacific Islands serving in their home countries with a wide variety of newly acquired skills.

Mr Naidu told graduates that as members of the college’s alumni they had to make a commitment to be at their best at their respective workplaces, applying the knowledge they had gained. ”

You should always be grateful for what you had received from the college to help enhance the quality of your own life apart from becoming a worthy citizen,” he said.

“The graduation ceremony is a very special occasion for us at TISI Sangam College of Nursing and Health Care Education because 21 graduates from the first cohort have successfully completed the individual support program of studies taught jointly by APTC and our staff,” he said.

In his closing address Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes commended the graduates on their achievements.

“Higher education opens the door to a raft of opportunities and I am very pleased that Australia, through the APTC, has helped to increase the number of skilled Fijians like you to seize those opportunities,” said Mr Feakes.

The students were awarded qualifications in carpentry, disability studies, diesel fitting, hospitality, individual support, leadership and management, and light vehicle mechanical technology that are recognised in Fiji and Australia.