Local aged care home Japara Gympie played host to trainers from the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) Fiji campus in September, as part of a week-long visit centred around sharing knowledge and engaging with industry.
The APTC trainers were in Australia to attend and present at TAFE Queensland’s Community Services Industry Sector Panel Forum, and spent a day at Japara touring the facility and discussing Australian service delivery.
Vocational Training Manager for APTC’s Fiji and Tuvalu Country Office, Emma Rice said the visit provided the trainers with the opportunity to see how Japara Gympie and TAFE Queensland work together provide up-to-date, industry-relevant training to students in community care settings.
“Japara has a fantastic relationship with TAFE Queensland, providing regular opportunities for their students to undertake practical placements in a real, functioning aged care home,” Ms Rice said.
“In addition to their support in the training of local aged care students, Japara also provides a great representation of how an Australian aged care home is run, and they were very welcoming of our visit.
“It has been highly insightful having this opportunity to discuss their current service delivery and the needs of their clients with them, as well as how changes in legislation have been reflected in their operation.”
Funded by the Australian Government, TAFE Queensland is the Managing Contractor for the third stage of APTC and is tasked with enhancing Pacific prosperity through a more skilled, inclusive and productive workforce.
TAFE Queensland is the proud employer of over 200 staff living and working in the South Pacific on the APTC program in locations including Fiji, Samoa, PNG, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. Among these staff is Ms Rice, who used to teach community services at TAFE Queensland Gympie campus and worked regionally as Team Leader, Community Services.
“Since 2007, with the support of TAFE Queensland, the APTC has positively transformed the lives of over 14,000 Pacific women and men by providing them with skills and Australian qualifications,” Ms Rice said.
“These graduates are making valuable contributions at their workplaces and to the communities where they live.
“We currently deliver training to 46 students across two classes in the Certificate III in Individual Support (Ageing) (CHC33015), with students participating from Fiji, the Solomon Islands and Kiribati. Trips like this allow our trainers to engage with industry stakeholders, view facilities and resources, and look at how we can meet their needs with our training.”
Japara Gympie’s Home Manager, Robyn Bennett, said she enjoyed meeting the APTC delegates and showcasing what they have to offer the community.
“It has been a wonderful opportunity for Japara staff to show our visitors how we achieve excellent outcomes for each resident based on our vision of enriching every life we touch,” she said.