Box Hill Institute has extensive experience and expertise throughout SE Asia and the Pacific improving opportunities for people to reach their potential through development assistance programs and projects. Box Hill Institute delivers a range of vocational education and training and consultancy services to donor agencies such as the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs, Asian Development Bank, New Zealand Aid Programme, and the World Bank.

A key platform for the increase in development assistance work undertaken by the Institute has been its association with non-government organisations such as Plan Australia and World Vision Australia and managing contractor companies in Australia and the SE Asia region.

Box Hill Institute is committed to meaningful partnerships with local and regional counterparts and building capacity and capability that is sustainable, sensitive and culturally appropriate. Furthermore, the Institute is committed to the principles of aid effectiveness such as working within partner government systems and national strategies for development as well as adding value wherever possible to broader aims and goals such as the Millennium Development Goals.

Currently Box Hill Institute is actively contributing to the Australian Government’s aid program in the South Pacific through its management responsibilities for the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) and the Vanuatu TVET Sector Strengthening Program (VTVETSSP). Both the APTC and VTVETSSP support the Australian Government’s broader education sector priorities to improve the quality of education and training, expand economic development opportunities and improve livelihoods through access to formal employment.


Australia-Pacific Technical College

The Australia-PacificTechnical College (APTC) was established in 2008 and has campuses in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. The APTC is managed on behalf of the Australian Government by a consortium of Box Hill Institute of TAFE, GRM International and Sunshine Coast Institute of TAFE. The College offers vocational qualifications from Certificate III to Diploma level in targeted industry sectors: automotive, manufacturing, construction and electrical, tourism and hospitality and health and community services. Students from 14 Pacific Forum countries are eligible to apply. As of July 2013 more than 4,000 Pacific Island women and men have graduated with an APTC qualification.


Vanuatu TVET Sector Strengthening Program Phase III

The Vanuatu TVET Sector Strengthening Program (VTVETSSP) is an Australian Government funded Program established in 2009. In 2013 Box Hill Institute and the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) assumed management responsibility for Phase III of the Program.

The TVET Program aims to support provincial economic development through targeted training in Malampa, Sanma and Torba Provinces. The Program is an innovative example of delivering development aid in the region and is focused on improving and developing systems and approaches that link vocational education and training to economic development within the Vanuatu national training system.

Services are delivered through the Provincial TVET centres who work with local communities, business and individuals to provide accredited training, business development advice and support, employment services, information technology services and training provider support services. The TVET Centres are developing new systems and approaches to better link training to economic outcomes for trainees.