The Fiji Higher Education Commission wishes to congratulate the Ramakrishna Mission for the upgrading of the training facilities of the Vivekananda Technical Centre at Nawaicoba. Vivekananda Technical Centre will soon offer the Level III (3) national qualifications available on the Fiji Qualifications Framework. The programmes include:
* National Cert III in Carpentry
* National Cert III in Automotive Mechanic
* National Cert III in Automotive Electrical and Electronics
* National Cert III in Baking and Patisserie
* National Cert III in Cookery
* National Cert III in Agriculture
Some advantages of offering national qualifications are:
* National standards and qualifications are developed by the industry standards advisory committees (ISACs) and hence meeting the industry requirements and needs for Fiji and abroad
* Its has greater recognition and acceptance and links to other national qualifications frameworks in other countries
* It has greater employment opportunities —both local and overseas
* It is delivered with competency based training (CBT) model and assessment are conducted at the workplace.
The Fiji Qualifications Council is the custodian of the 10 level Fiji Qualifications framework under the Fiji Higher Education Commission. The Fiji Qualifications Framework reflects a sectoral model which shows the relationship in terms of competency levels between the school sector, the TVET sector and the higher education sector. It is a ten-level framework extending from certificates to doctorates.
The school sector has provisions for the vocational schools to access the qualifications at levels one, two and three.
The TVET Sector is specifically for those wishing to access skill training for early employment purposes. Those that wish to advance their training have the opportunity to do so at the higher education sector at level seven for a Degree, a Masters at level 9 and a PhD at level 10. Likewise, for those going through the HE sector can always come back and access a skill trade for a National Certificate or a Diploma under the TVET sector.
The FQF has alignment to the regional and international recognition and equivalences through the PRQS and the TQF which are shown on the left of the framework. By promoting flexible and multiple pathways, the FQF will assist people to move easily between the education and training sectors and into the labour market. It will also regulate the value of qualifications such that they contribute to greater capability of the nation as a whole and in turn, sustainable economic and social development as shown on the right. The FQF will be underpinned by strict quality control systems to ensure national consistency in recognition of outcomes and certification and flexibility of movement/ credit transfer.
The Fiji Higher Education Commission wishes to extend its gratitude to the European Union for funding the upgrading of workshops and facilities at the College and wishes the College the very best for the many years of service to our nation.