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Pacific TAFE launches Skills me up APP and Work Skills Centre

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Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Pal Ahluwalia (middle), Deputy Vice-Chancellor Education Professor Richard Coll, Chief Executive Officer Pacific TAFE Mr Hasmukh Lal, Acting Dean FSTE Dr Bibhya Sharma, Acting Dean FBE Dr Manoranjan Mohanty with Learning Support Services team.

The Vice Chancellor and President of The University of the South Pacific (USP), Professor Pal Ahluwalia launched Pacific Technical and Further Education’s (Pacific TAFE), Learning Support Services Skill Me Up App and opened the Learning Support and Work Skills Centre on 20 February 2019.

Professor Ahluwalia, while delivering his address said that one of USP’s core initiative was to ensure that all students were provided with effective and efficient student services.

“Pacific TAFE’s Learning Support Services framework and its five elements of learning support provide the much-needed guidance in terms of fulfilling skill gaps which a student need to be able to excel in their field of study or to find employment through interview skills,” he said.

“Effective from today, we also have the new Learning Support and Work Skills Centre as a dedicated learning support space. The space is tailored to encourage students to reach out for guidance and to allow them to make use of dedicated facilities to help them towards their needs.”

The Vice-Chancellor further commented that the Skill Me App would provide resources that would be accessible from anywhere in the world and the information is readily available offline once you download the content.

“The App is currently available on Google Play and is free to download and install. To access the App, all you have to do is download the app from google play, use your student user name and password to log in and obtain all the information you need,” Professor Pal said.

“The ability to receive information at your fingertips with all services accessible offline is convenient especially in areas of network outage, or where students may shy away from raising queries, or if the students are out of location/campus and not access the University services when required.

Vice-Chancellor and President USP, Professor Pal Ahluwalia unveiling the Learning Support and Work Skills Centre.

Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer, Pacific TAFE, Mr Hasmukh Lal said “the Pacific TAFE Learning Support APP is designed for the purposes of providing key learning support services to all our students wherever they maybe, whatever mode of learning they are registered in and most specifically at the times they need it most.”

“The creation of a learning support app resulted from a survey that showed that many students were not aware of our learning support services hence the decision to make learning support more accessible to as many students as possible. We may not be able to reach all our students but once downloaded, support is at their fingertips!”

He further said that the dedicated Learning Support Services and Work Skills Centre would encourage students to reach out for guidance and become competent in multiple areas.

In the case of Fiji, most employers are classified as small and medium enterprises, they want quality and competent graduates and their definition is, students to have;

  • Problem solving skills
  • Teamwork and workplace etiquette
  • Time management and ethics
  • Ability to do business communication
  • Customer service and client oriented skills
  • Self-presentation and management

Mr La further commented that with bulk of the employment opportunities in the region created at entry and para-professional levels, there is demand for not only academically and intellectually capable but graduates with sound combination of skills and right attitude and I hope that we can address that through the expanding learning support and work skills services.

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