The keynote speaker was the Honourable Ioteba Redfern, Minister for Employment and Human Resources. He congratulated the graduates and made special mention of the 8 women who were graduating with trade qualifications. The Minister spoke of the important role that education plays in improving the quality of life for individuals and their families and communities.
Minister Redfern highlighted the role the Ministry plays in supporting I-Kiribati to use their skills by creating employment opportunities in Kiribati and as part of overseas labour market programs. He expressed his thanks to APTC for their training and also to the Australian Government in providing scholarships and the opportunities for training. To conclude the Minister thanked the families of graduates, acknowledging that their support was essential to the students’ success.
Students were then presented with their certificates by the Honourable Minister, the Australian High Commissioner Mr Bruce Cowled and Ms Carol-Anne Blecich, APTC Executive Director.