DOREEN POLOH WAIM
FATIMA Catholic Technical Vocational Education Training Institute in Banz, Western Highlands province, plans to offer new courses under its conventional programme next year to complement the skills training of its students.
The two courses that are being taught at the institute include building construction under applied technology, which will dovetail with Hagen Technical College’s course.
The other is agriculture which focuses crop and livestock production.
The institute’s manager, Tony Weldon, said courses that were envisaged to be offered next year were new modified carpentry, livestock and agriculture, basic business studies, HIV/AIDS and Christian education.
These courses would be available to supplement the students’ skills capacity.
He said after six months of successful completion of a course, students
were eligible to receive TVET certificates.
Mr Weldon said the courses were geared towards assisting and providing opportunities to school leavers acquire vocational skills especially in carpentry and agriculture.
From gaining agriculture skills and knowledge, he said students could utilise their land productively and to be self-reliant.
The courses would also help them to contribute positively to their own lives and their community, he added.
Mr Weldon also called for those interested to submit applications. The institute currently has 80 students and nine teachers.