The Australian Government support has been provided through the Kiribati Technical and Vocational Education and Training Sector Strengthening Program (2011 – 2015) and the Kiribati Facility (2016 – current).
‘Te Katiteuanaaki’, (Kiribati for ‘Inclusion’), is at the heart of the Kiribati Facility delivered through Kiribati Institute of Technology. The past 10 years of skills training partnership has seen significant progress in recognition of gender equality, disability inclusion, and youth engagement.
Female student enrolments have increased to more than 50%, students living with disability are supported to study mainstream courses, I-Kiribati youth have returned to training through the Bridging course, and outer island training has grown with the opening of an additional campus on Kiritimati Island and the Bridging course delivery in Abemama.
The partnership has also provided the opportunity for graduates to gain an Australian awarded qualification, to employ local staff, and deliver support services for graduates and I-Kiribati workers towards gaining employment in local and overseas labour markets.
"The skills training partnership has grown from strength to strength and has benefited our I-Kiribati boys and girls who have undertaken training and have managed to secure jobs in Kiribati and abroad with qualifications that are equivalent to Australian qualifications," said the Honorable Minister, Taabeta Teakai.
A flexible delivery response to labour market demand at Kiribati Institute of Technology supports the Government of Kiribati’ 20-Year Vision (2016-2036) to create long-term economic and social stability in Kiribati.
The Kiribati Facility is supported by the Australian Government and implemented by Scope Global.
Arieta Tominiko is a student at Kiribati Institute of Technology (KIT). She spoke with Tammy McGowan from Maven about being female in her country and the power that opportunities like KIT can provide to support women with disabilities to achieve their goals.
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