Large Scale Training Solutions and In Country Consultancy

Project Australia – Pacific Technical College (APTC)
Client AusAID
Country Fiji, Samoa, Vanuatu

Stage 1: 2007 – 2011

Stage 2: 2011 – 2015

Approximate value of services (The Institute’s contribution) More than $USD25,000,000

Project Description

  • announced by the Australian Prime Minister at the Pacific Islands Forum in 2005, and later endorsed by Pacific Island leaders, the APTC aimed to skill Pacific Islanders for a range of occupations needed throughout the region through Australian vocational qualifications
  • the APTC was a $AUD150 million AusAID-funded program to deliver vocational education and training to Pacific Island countries. Five training schools – automotive, manufacturing, construction and electrical, tourism and hospitality and health and community services –were established on campuses in Fiji, PNG, Samoa, and Vanuatu
  • the APTC delivered Australian vocational qualifications to thousands of Pacific Islanders and eventually transfer assets and expertise to the Pacific Island nations
    significant scholarship support was provided to students.


Box Hill Institute’s Role

  • the Institute was the leading organisation in the APTC’s establishment and operation. Initially it conducted project design, financial modelling and labour market analysis and training design which helped establish the project
  •  the Institute managed the Tourism and Hospitality and the Health and Community Services APTC schools on campuses in Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu. Local Institute staff and visiting staff from Australia delivered innovative courses
  • the following courses were delivered: Certificate III in Hospitality (Commercial Cookery), Certificate III in Hospitality (Patisserie), Certificate III in Food Processing (Retail Baking-Combined), Certificate III in Tourism (Operations), Certificate IV in Hospitality (Supervision), Certificate III in Hairdressing, Certificate III in Hospitality (Operations), Certificate IV in Training & Assessment, Certificate III in Children’s Services, Diploma of Children’s Services and Diploma of Community Services Work
  • this exciting initiative involved significant national level policy, design and planning work. Staff and consultants conducted detailed financial analyses, training needs analyses, labour market investigations, physical and academic design work, established a large scholarship program, managed industry and political discussions, designed and implemented risk management plans and recruited and trained numerous staff
  • the Institute’s APTC work helped the economic development of Pacific Island nations through modern skills formation strategies and improve the lives of thousands of people.

For more information about this project, please email Sally Gill or phone her on +613 9286 9982.