Pacific TAFE received four accreditations and recognitions in December last year.
Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific TAFE) at The University of the South Pacific (USP) received two (2) international accreditations and two (2) international recognitions for its programmes in December 2017, surpassing the target laid out in the Strategic Plan (2013-2018).
Diploma of Library & Information Services (level 5) received its accreditation from Australian Library & Information Association (ALIA); Certificate III in Patisserie has been accredited by The International Centre for Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Education (THE-ICE); Certificate IV in Information Technology (Support) received the international recognition against New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) standards from Skills International New Zealand; and Certificate III in Small Business Development and Management received its international endorsement from Small Business Association of Australia.
The Diploma of Library and Information Services 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 instruction and demonstration as part of the programme, students learn skills associated with collection management, cataloguing, research, use of digital tools, developing and promoting activities and programmes, and customer service.
This programme has been offered for the first time this year and is already internationally accredited.
Certificate III in Patisserie covers cake, pastry and bread preparation, service, storage, knowledge and skills required in the commercial food preparation and service industry.
The programme addresses product preparation principles, recipe interpretation and ingredient sourcing and storage processes.
The training under this qualification also covers industry standards on Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), food safety, hygiene and sustainable environmental practices.
This qualification is a preparatory one for individuals who intend to specialise in patisserie and bakery or intend to complement and develop all round professional culinary skills.
Certificate IV in Information Technology (Support)has a strong information technology base of core units with the potential for inclusion of a range of broader industry-specific units in the areas of ICT business processes, work practices, sustainability, databases hardware and network support to suit particular needs.
As part of this programme, students undertake studies to develop skills for application development by participating in class-based, blended and project-based learning.
The Certificate IV in Information Technology (support) develops the underpinning knowledge and skills for the Diploma in Information Technology programme.
Furthermore, Certificate III in Small Business Development & Management supports individuals who already manage their own businesses but do not have entrepreneurial training, those intending to start their own businesses, or individuals who work within the small business sector.
The programme provides essential knowledge and skills in business planning, partnership development and communication with customers and suppliers.
Additionally, this training promotes the development of necessary risk assessment skills and capabilities for the small business operators.
Mr Hasmukh Lal, Executive Director of Pacific TAFE said that meeting the target of Strategic Plan (2013-2018) has been a significant achievement for Pacific TAFE as a new, integrated and transformed section.
“From non-approved programmes to setting up systems and processes to thirty two (32) qualifications now and successful delivery based on market demand in the region was a real moon shot,” Mr Lal said.
Mr Lal added that it was a well-coordinated and robust team work demonstrated by staff which led to Pacific TAFE surpassing the target.
International accreditations, he added, gives confidence to employers about graduates and partnerships for employee upskilling opportunities.
With this, he noted, Pacific TAFE demonstrates to stakeholders the focus on continuous self-improvement.
Mr Lal also said that Pacific Labour Mobility is seriously discussed by leaders, development partners and stakeholders and added that internationally accredited qualifications can become pre-requisite to this strategy as it will provide total assurance to the host employers and impetus to start the labour mobility.
“I must deeply acknowledge the support of USP Council, Senate and its sub committees and Senior Management of USP in the programme development and approval,” Mr Lal said.
There are more programmes lined up for international accreditation in 2018 and some for re-accreditation.
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