KIT hosts Skills for Employment Partnerships event
October 14, 2022
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“I know that many of you have travelled long distances to be here and I welcome you to our shores and KIT. This positive turnout of invited guests and the public engagement is a sign of the respect that the Ministry of Employment and Human Resource and Kiribati Institute of Technology has within our community and beyond our shores.”
– The Honourable Taabeta Teakai, Government of Kiribati Minister of Employment and Human Resource in her opening address at the Skills for Employment Partnerships event
On Wednesday 5th October, KIT hosted an inaugural ‘Skills for Employment Partnerships’ event, supported by the Australian Government funded Kiribati-Australia Skills for Employment Partnership (formerly known as the Kiribati Facility).
The Skills for Employment Partnerships event celebrated the people-to-people linkages that contribute to creating employment pathways and opportunities for I-Kiribati, both locally and overseas, through the delivery of quality skills training at KIT.
Attendees were made up of stakeholders and partners from around the world who share a commitment to building and supporting the skills sector in Kiribati and employment opportunities for I-Kiribati, both locally and overseas.
“KIT has a proud tradition of partnering with local businesses and industry, other ministries of the GoK, local civil society, donor partners Australia and New Zealand, regional government and non-government partners, international organizations, and training partners both here in Kiribati, the region and Australia.” Said Jason Flello, KIT Director / Team Leader Kiribati-Australia Skills for Employment Partnership, in his opening address.
At the commencement of the event, all guests were involved in the Kiribati welcome song “Ongo te bwana/Hear the sound” and were later entertained by the KIT Women’s Association dancers.
Invited guest speakers included representatives from The Government of Kiribati’ Ministry of Infrastructure & Sustainable Energy, The Australian High Commission to Kiribati, Global Green Growth Institute, Palladium, Kiribati Housing Corporation, Australia Pacific Training Coalition and The New Zealand High Commission to Kiribati.
The event also provided an opportunity to highlight KIT’s quality education delivery and its central role in the broader network of professional skills development in Kiribati, including its pre-departure training for labour mobilisation overseas through its Employment Support Services unit.
At the heart of the event was the Skills for Employment Pathways video launch that featured the personal stories of KIT graduates continuing their study or who had gained employment across Kiribati, Fiji, and Australia.
The significant and positive impact on the lives of I-Kiribati revealed in the video is, in no small part, an outcome of all the partnerships and collaborations that take place through KIT, and, as Jason Flello remarked after the video;
“It’s why we come to work everyday.”
List of invited partners
APTC Australia Pacific Training Coalition
KCCI Kiribati Chamber of Commerce and Industry
KFHA Kiribati Family Health Association
KWCSC Kiribati Women and Children Support Centre
KHC Kiribati Housing Corporation
KEIP Kiribati Education Improvement Program
KF Kiribati Facility / Palladium
Kiribati School and Centre for Children with Disabilities
Ministry of Health and Medical Services
MoE Ministry of Education
MWYSSA Ministry of Women Youth Sport and Social Affairs
MISE Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy
MELAD Ministry of Environment, Lands and Agricultural Development
PUB Public Utilities Board
UN United Nations programs (UNICEF, UNFPA)
PLF Pacific Labour Facility and Australian Employers – Health X and RWM,
STA(s) Short Term Adviser(s)
Te Toa Matoa (TTM)
GGGI Global Green Growth Institute
MCC Millennium Challenge Corporation
Kiribati Teachers College
Marine Training Centre
Friends from Palladium and the Kiribati Facility
KIT Alumni Association
KIT Student Association
KIT Deputy Directors, Heads of Schools and Departments and Team Leaders.