By Emily Chu, Communications Manager

Local and refugee HOST employees have successfully completed training to improve services in the local communities they work in.

18 graduates received their AQF CHC32015, Certificate III in Community Services after completing the requirements of the program, delivered in partnership by Australian-Pacific Training Coalition (APTC).

HOST saw this as an opportunity to upskill our staff by providing access to appropriate skills and competencies in the Community Services industry area, while linking their qualifications to their job roles.

“By completing the program, I have gained more confidence to carry out my role as a case manager,” said Patrick Scotty, Case Manager and fellow graduate.

“It’s a confirmation of what I have been doing right for the last 20 months and what I have always practiced in my life. Giving and helping others in need is what makes us human, especially helping people whom you don’t know and don’t have a prior connection with,” he added.

APTC delivers training in a range of vocational areas across the Pacific region. They are supported by the Australian Government and managed by TAFE Queensland (RTO 0275).

Partnering with APTC supports HOST’s model of training local staff in order to develop enduring social welfare skills within the local community.

For another graduate, Lynn Detabene, she testified that completing the course has not only deepened her understanding of community services, but also understanding the depth and significance of Nauru’s culture and diversity.

“The course has enhanced my understanding about communities and the two main components in community services: health services and community services. It has also influenced me to think more critically on what I need to do, how I will do it and why I need to do it,” explained Lynn.

Nauru’s Acting Education Minister, Honourable Aaron Cook, thanked APTC and HOST for supporting training needs in Nauru.

He encouraged the graduates to utilize their newly found skills and knowledge to make a positive impact in the lives of those they would come in contact with.

Since it began operation in 2007, APTC has trained around 13,000 Pacific Islanders, including almost 150 Nauruan nationals.