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USP’s Pacific TAFE to train civil servants in Solomon Islands

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Pacific TAFE Director, Mr Hasmukh Lal (third from left) and staff of Solomon Islands Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) recently won a tender to train one hundred and twenty-five (125) civil servants from Solomon Islands in Certificate IV in Project Management Practice in Honiara.

The programme is designed for project team members working under the overall direction of the project manager. It qualifi­es individuals who apply a broad range of specialised knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts to undertake skilled work and as a pathway for further learning.

Pacific TAFE Director, Mr Hasmukh Lal said that Pacific TAFE was very pleased to offer this important skills based education and training face to face in Honiara for the first time and contribute to the capacity development of Solomon Islands public sector officers.

“Formal skills in Project Management are sought after in the region and participants who successfully complete the Certificate IV course will have a pathway to pursue higher qualifications at USP and other institutions, including Diploma level study in Project Management should they wish to pursue this,” Mr Lal said.

The Director highlighted his commitment to give the best in the delivery and allow flexibility based on Solomon Islands Government’s request if required, based on genuine reasons.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination (MDPAC) Mr Shadrach Fanega said that providing such training to targeted officers shows the Government’s strong commitment to improving the implementation of projects that will grow the economy of Solomon Islands.

“It will provide necessary skills development to ensure responsible officers understand all aspects of managing development projects, from determining scope, scheduling, procurement planning, budget, stakeholder and risk management, project monitoring, reporting and evaluation,” Mr Fanega said.

As a result, he added, officers will be better equipped project and programme managers in their respective ministries.

The two cohorts of this year will start on 3 October 2016.

This news item was published on 28 Sep 2016 11:53:58 am. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email

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