PNG-Australia partnership upgrading technical schools


AUSTRALIA through the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership has helped to upgrade technical training equipment in nine technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges in the country.
Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis officiated at a hand-over ceremony at the Madang Technical College (MATECO) last week.
He said the support aimed at improving technical and vocational education in the country was a joint initiative of the PNG and Australian governments.
The equipment, valued at K280,000 comprised of tools for construction, metal fabrication and carpentry which would enable the TVET college to train and certify students to meet industry standards.
Davis encouraged Madang Technical College management and students to use the equipment to create further opportunities in the TVET space.
He said an increased standard of TVET education would create more opportunities for Papua New Guineans to work and gain experience both in the country and abroad.
“One of these opportunities is the Pacific Labour Scheme through which skilled Papua New Guineans are encouraged to work in Australia in sectors like health care, hospitality, business and agriculture,” he said.
In handing over the equipment, Davis encouraged students to make the most of the training they were currently undertaking.
“In everything you do, remember that you represent your families and communities and your success will create opportunities for many more around you,” he said.
PNG-Australia Partnership is committed to helping PNG.