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USP’s Pacific TAFE qualifications accredited by FHEC

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A commercial cookery student during one of the practical classes.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) has received accreditation for four (4) of its programmes by the Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC).

The programmes are Certificate in Commercial Cookery (Level IV), Diploma of Human Resources Management (Level 5), Certificate in Library/Information Studies (Level 4), and Certificate in Fisheries and Enforcement Compliance (Level 4).

In a letter to Mr Hasmukh Lal, Director of Pacific TAFE, Ms Linda Aumua, Director of FHEC congratulated Pacific TAFE for the achievement.

Certificate in Commercial Cookery (Level IV) equips graduates with food preparation skills and technical knowledge to enable them to work independently in a commercial kitchen environment.

The programme covers priority industry standards on safety, hygiene, equipment maintenance, menu development, ingredient quality, purchasing, storage, food preparation, cost control, food service, people skills, communication, technology and sustainable environment practices.

The practical and theoretical courses in this programme address the science, art and business principles of food preparation and service.

The industry, he added, values level IV as suitable and appropriate qualification to enter into the employment as it allows more autonomy and requires less attention of supervisor.

“The development of this programme has contributed towards the strategic development issues highlighted in 2015 – 2019 Pacific Regional Strategy under capacity building of Pacific people and supporting sustainable tourism growth,” Mr Lal said.

Tourism is the booming industry in the region and requires competent workforce for the industry at an entry and para professional levels and Mr Lal highlighted that as a regional developing agency of human resource is right place to contribute.

Diploma of Human Resources Management (Level 5) is designed to develop the skills and knowledge required to work effectively in a range of levels within the human resources sector including human resource support office, human resources administrator, human resources manager in medium organisation and project human resources officer.

This qualification reflects the role of individuals working in a variety of roles within the human resource services and has a sound theoretical and practical knowledge base in human resources management and demonstrates a range of professional skills to ensure that human resources functions are effectively conducted in an organisation or business area.

Certificate IV in Library/Information Studies introduces students to the role of libraries in society, the responsibilities of librarians and other information professionals, and the current issues such as literacy and intellectual freedom.

Students learn development of libraries in the Pacific and elsewhere using the emerging ICT knowledge.

It gives students skills in areas of communication, teamwork, problem-solving, initiative and enterprising, planning and organising, self-management, learning and technology.

Certificate IV in Fisheries and Enforcement Compliance provides technical and practical skills and knowledge with standards of competency related to demonstrating knowledge of the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) Fishery, MCS concepts and legal frameworks.

This programme also helps students to apply MCS tools to effective fisheries management and contributes to effective MCS activities as well as operational planning and coordination.

Through this programmes, Mr Lal said that students are able to contribute to regional cooperation’s in MCS activities and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) requirements.

“Fisheries and Enforcement is critical for the management of the region’s tuna and oceanic fisheries,” Mr Lal said.

This programme was developed by USP and Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) in close consultation with the fisheries industry and Governments and defines the important relationships between MCS capacity at national and regional level. The programme is successfully delivered by experts from FFA through the partnership and sponsorship. This delivery is an excellent example of collaboration by two CROP agencies in a particular area of capacity development.

External validation of quality is a significant and reliable testament of our learning and teaching. We will put further qualifications for accreditation with FHEC.

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