10 Aug 2018

Australia puts more into Pacific trade training

9:02 am on 10 August 2018

Australia is extending its longstanding trade training facilities around the Pacific, with an additional US$95 milllion over the next four years.

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australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Photo: AFP

Since it started in 2007, more than 12,000 Pacific Islanders have graduated from the Australia-Pacific Technical College, gaining Australian-standard qualifications.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said it will become the Australia Pacific Training Coalition to reflect changes to training innovation and more engagement with the private sector.

She said there will be a stronger emphasis on boosting employment outcomes, addressing skills shortages in the region and strengthening technical and vocational educational training systems in the Pacific.

It will also enable Pacific Islanders to take advantage of regional labour markets and programmes, such as Australia's new Pacific Labour Scheme.