Australia Supports Technical And Vocational Education In Samoa

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AusAid provides $1.4 million to ‘increase employability of Samoans’

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Nov. 11, 2013) – A direct funding agreement of over $3.25 million tala (US$1.4 m) has been handed over to the Government of Samoa from Australia.

The agreement, which was handed over by the head of Australian aid in Samoa, Counsellor Anthony Stannard enables continued support for the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Program. TVET helps to increase employability of Samoans, including those with disability, through post-secondary training.

The agreement was accepted by Peseta Noumea Simi for the Ministry of Finance and the Acting CEO for Samoa Qualification Authority, Easter Silipa.

"This SQA led program is about improving the employability of Samoan women and men looking for jobs or wanting to upgrade their skills. Australia is pleased to be supporting the Samoan Government to help improve student outcomes from post-secondary training here in Samoa. Its success should see more job opportunities for Samoans, better wages, and increased employer satisfaction. I think it’s a very important program", said Mr Stannard.

At the handover Ms Silipa acknowledged Australia’s support. "We express our sincere appreciation to the Government of Australia for continuing to invest in and support TVET."

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