Mr Hasmukh Lal, Pacific TAFE Director.
The 84th Council Meeting of The University of the South Pacific (USP) approved four new qualifications for Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) which will be rolled out from Semester 2, 2017.
These qualifications are Diploma of Library and Information Services (Level 5); Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5); Certificate III in Resilience (Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction); and Certificate IV in Resilience (Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction).
Both qualifications on Resilience provide learners to use the formal training to facilitate building national and regional capacity to:
Raise the level of awareness on Resilience and develop technical skills and knowledge to accurately monitor and assess impacts of climate change and natural hazards;
Identify solutions to reduce these risks; and
Plan, manage and implement resilience building projects to reduce damage and losses caused by climate change and natural hazards.
Climate change is already disproportionally affecting the islands of the Pacific. Although Pacific islanders have done little to contribute to the cause, they are among the first to be affected. Most islands are experiencing climate change impacts on communities, infrastructure, water supply, coastal and forest ecosystems, fisheries, agriculture, and human health.
As a responsive human resource development agency, USP took the responsibility to address the skills gap around mitigation and adaptation through EU-PacTVET Project.
Mr Hasmukh Lal, Director Pacific TAFE highlighted that the Certificates III & IV in Resilience (Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction) aims to develop skills and necessitate actions.
The development of this qualification was led by the EU-PacTVET project which continues to support the development of accredited technical skills in Resilience for Pacific people. Pacific TAFE is working closely with the project on Sustainable Energy qualifications.
The Diploma of Library and Information Services (Level 5) is a stair casing qualification to existing level IV and aims to produce graduates with the relevant skills and knowledge to be able to effectively support and meet customer demands in libraries and other centres that deal with a large volume of information.
Through this, students will learn skills such as collection management, cataloguing, research, use digital tools, develop and promote activities and programmes, and develop customer service expertise.
Mr Lal said that libraries/information centres throughout the world are undergoing rapid changes in services and outputs due to the growing incorporation of new forms of Information Technology.
Pacific TAFE is working to get this new qualification accredited by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) with site audit confirmed in September this year.
With increasing investment by member countries in early childhood qualification, Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 5) addresses the skills and knowledge required to provide care for children below eight (8) years. It builds on professional practices of a child educator through designing and implementing child-centred curriculum within the requirements of an approved framework in caring, learning, safety, health and child protection.
The programme will provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate leadership and management skills by supervising a team in a simulated environment or at a selected day care or learning Centre. This qualification will also provide pathways to those ECE & Care teachers that have level III or level IV currently.
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care of Pacific TAFE is international accredited by the Australian Children’s Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).
ACECQA has agreed to provide Australian recognition to the new Diploma qualification.
Diploma of Library/Information Studies and Resilience qualifications will be in Laucala for the first time while Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care will be offered at Laucala, Labasa and Lautoka in semester 2.
All qualifications will be gradually rolled out to other campuses in 2018.
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