Teachers Up-skilled to boost Technical, Vocational and Trade Education in Bougainville

Bougainville: A total of 53 teachers from the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville graduated today with Australian recognized Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

The newly up-skilled teachers will deliver a range of important vocational training across Bougainville in tourism and hospitality, carpentry and construction, plumbing, agriculture, business administration, and electrical, automotive and metal fabrication trades.

The TVET training was delivered by the Australia-Pacific Technical College and Papua New Guinea National Department of Education TVET wing with support from the Bougainville Department of Education.

Australian High Commission Counselor Suzanne Edgecombe said: “The Australian Government is proud to support the Bougainville Education Board and the PNG National TVET wing in their aim to introduce nationally certified competency based technical and vocational training. “The teachers graduating today will help give their students learn important practical skills and professional competencies.” Ms Edgecombe said it was pleasing that a large number of graduates are women.

“Australia works closely with the Governments of PNG and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville to promote gender equality and social inclusion in the education sector. The teaching of technical and vocational subjects is a traditionally male-dominated area so it is good to see that some 40 percent of the graduate teachers are women,” Ms Edgecombe added.

The TVET instruction in Bougainville was supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the Governance and Implementation Fund managed by the Governments of Australia, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville and New Zealand.

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