USP Pacific TAFE offers high-quality skills-based qualification

USP Pacific TAFE offers high-quality skills-based qualification

By Mosese Raqio
Friday 21/07/2023
Head of the College of Continuing Vocational Education and Training Nilesh Kumar

USP Pacific TAFE offers high-quality skills-based qualifications that cater to the needs of the industry.

This is according to the Head of the College of Continuing Vocational Education and Training Nilesh Kumar who says the certificates and diplomas that they offer are recognised locally, regionally, and internationally and being a regional university, they cater to the needs of the Pacific as well.

Kumar says they also provide competency-based training which prepares work-ready graduates for the labour market.

He says before developing a program, they undertake comprehensive industry consultations and continuously upgrade it to ensure the training is relevant and current.

He adds at the same time, they ensure these are internationally benchmarked and the students are recognised internationally as well.

Kumar says Pacific TAFE qualifications are offered in five (5) key discipline areas.

He says the first key area is Tourism and Hospitality includes Cookery, Patisserie and Hospitality programs ranging from Certificate III to Diploma they have two training facilities for these qualifications, in Suva and Namaka, Nadi.

Kumar says the second one is Business and Enterprise which includes HRM, Entrepreneurship, Business administration, Business Management, Procurement & Supply, Digital Marketing and Project Management.

Kumar says the third key area is Education and Training which includes Early Childhood Care and Education (Certificate III, IV and Diploma), Library Information Studies, and Training & Assessment.

The fourth key area according to Kumar is Sciences, Technology and Environment and that includes Information Technology, Cybersecurity and their highly specialized qualifications in Resilience, Disaster Risk Management, Fisheries and Pacific Ocean Finance.

He says the fifth area is Health and Care which includes Certificate IV and Diploma of Counselling and our newly developed Certificate III in Individual Support programme.

Kumar says Pacific TAFE also has a provision for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and which involves giving credit to skills and knowledge that students have acquired from work experience or previous studies or training.

He says instead of coming and doing the entire qualification, students can get some units credited through the RPL process and only need to do the remaining units to complete their program.

Kumar adds USP provide short training and micro-qualifications through their Workforce Development Training Unit (WDTU) to cater to the immediate needs of the industry.

The Head of the College says Pacific TAFE provides partial Scholarships for those students who are facing financial difficulty.

He says this is an in-house scholarship and is one of the ways they are trying to assist students during these difficult times.

Kumar urges all those that are still waiting or still deciding, to approach them and they are happy to assist.

He says it is never late to invest in yourself.

Kumar says getting a TVET qualification can be the best decision of your life and urges students to Enroll at USP Pacific TAFE, be qualified faster, and be employed faster.

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