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Professor Pal Ahluwalia, the Vice-Chancellor and President, USP launched the training stimulus package, online training platform and first ever-non time based delivery of Certificate IV in Information Technology (support) at Pacific TAFE’s Workforce Development Training Unit (WDTU) in Walu Bay.

The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Pacific Technical and Further Education (PacTAFE) is taking measures to cushion the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Fijian organisations and their workforce by encouraging them to adapt and grow in this current state by increasing up-skilling and re-skilling efforts.

Professor Pal Ahluwalia, the Vice-Chancellor and President, USP launched the training stimulus package, online training platform and first ever-non time based delivery of Certificate IV in Information Technology (support) at Pacific TAFE’s Workforce Development Training Unit (WDTU) in Walu Bay.

The training Stimulus Package is an initiative to encourage employers to continue increasing human capital development during this economic slowdown period. The Training Stimulus Package aims to assist Fijian enterprises to retain and gain talents.

The Certificate IV in Information Technology’s online platform will be unique delivery as students can start anytime and finish anytime and not to be attached to semester or trimester.

Professor Ahluwalia while delivering his address said that Fiji and the rest of the world were facing unprecedented change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As industry partner, we have seen first-hand the impact of this health crisis on Fijian organisations. Given this situation, we see that there is an opportunity to support organisations in this turbulent time,” he said.

“To minimise business disruption and adhere to social distancing guidelines, the Training Stimulus Package will be offered through an online platform.  Pacific TAFE’s Online Training Platform will give employers access to Fiji’s largest library of online training courses.”

Professor Ahluwalia added that the Online Training Platform offers over 300 courses that the Fijian workforce can access from the comfort of their office or home.

“The total cost for 300-course library will be $10,000. There are other lower package deals for small businesses and individuals,” he said.

Professor Ahluwalia stressed that users from anywhere in the world will be able to enroll in the Certificate IV in Information Technology (Support) and complete a qualification from USP and the Certificate IV of Information Technology develops the underpinning knowledge and skills for the Diploma in Information Technology programme.

Meanwhile, Professor Jito Vanualailai, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) said that the regional countries need IT support specialists/technicians in the future as we respond to changing business, education, health and environmental challenges.

“In this ever-changing global environment, our community require resilience and adaptability – skills that are proving to be essential to navigate effectively through this pandemic,” Professor Vanualailai said.

“Looking into the future, some of the most important skills that employers will be looking for will be creativity, communication and collaboration, alongside empathy and emotional intelligence; and being able to work across demographic lines of differences to harness the power of the collective through effective teamwork.”

He added that the training initiative will facilitate the continuity of education for all through remote learning and as a result enterprises will gain a competitive advantage once the economy recovers.

Dr. Hasmukh Lal, Head of Pacific TAFE said it was a proud moment for USP Pacific TAFE to launch the online training package and programme.

He said that this pandemic is reshaping thinking and business culture and tertiary education is not spared. The cheapest deal is to help organisations to invest in training while sustaining business in this trying time.

“Major world events are often an inflection point for rapid innovation.  Large-scale, national efforts to utilize technology in support of remote learning, distance education and online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic are emerging and evolving quickly.  Going digital allows universities to offer innovative self-paced learning which is critical at this time,” Dr. Lal said. 
 


This news item was published on 8 May 2020 02:57:07 pm. For more information or any High-Res Images, please contact us on email communications@usp.ac.fj


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