Australia Pacific Technical College officially open

Australia Pacific Technical College officially open

Australia Pacific Technical College officially open

Updated 19 December 2011, 11:00 AEDT

The Australian-funded Australia Pacific Technical College has been declared officially open.

Last year the Australian government pledged $US128 million to set up and operate the college.

Australia's foreign minister, Alexander Downer, says the first student intake this month will offer training in tourism and hospitality to fill critical skill shortages and boost employment opportunities and economic growth in the region.

The college is targetting the industry sectors of automotive, construction, manufacturing and electrical trades, tourism and hospitality, health and community services.

The internationally-recognised courses will run at training centres in Vanuatu, Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea.

Mr Downer says from 2008, scholarships will be available to enable students, especially those from smaller island states, to participate.

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