SIXTEEN Kiribati students are studying carpentry at Suva's Australia-Pacific Technical College following an agreement with the Kiribati Institute of Technology.
The accord allowed the students to continue their vocational training in the APTC'S School of Trades and Technology in Fiji, having successfully completed the Certificate II in Construction program.
They're the first Kiribati students to enrol at the APTC as a complete class.
Last year the students completed the Certificate II course — a carpentry bridging course — in Kiribati. This meant that they had completed their preparatory Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) level 2 pathways program and could continue their training in the Certificate III Carpentry program in the APTC's School of Trades and Technology.
The group began their APTC studies in January. The APTC-KIT agreement is designed to provide opportunities for Kiribati citizens to acquire the qualifications they need for skilled employment within Kiribati, regionally and internationally.
James Knynenburg, director of the School of Trades and Technology, said a second carpentry group from Kiribati is scheduled to undertake the same training in Fiji to complete the Certificate III in Carpentry course in the second semester this year.