$152 million for Pacific vocational education
The Federal Government has announced a new round of funding that will aim to help more than 3,400 students gain access to vocational skills and employment opportunities in the Pacific region.
The government announced $152 million over four years to the national aid program to support the Australia Pacific Technical College.
The Federal Government announced the funding will will assist thousands of students graduate from the college between 2011 and 2015 and will focus on streamlining administration to ensure better value for money.
College campuses have been established in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa and Vanuatu. A Scholarship Fund has also been set up for disadvantaged students including those from remote areas and countries without a campus.
Australian-standard training is delivered in eight industry sectors including the automotive, manufacturing, engineering, construction, health, tourism, hospitality and community services.