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Pasifika construction workers find experience counts

Qualified Pasifika construction workers find experience counts

24 Pacific Islanders will be presented with their carpentry qualifications at Ara at a special graduation ceremony on 23 June.

They are not the only carpenters to be assessed by the Centre for Assessment of Prior Learning (CAPL) at Ara, but they have certainly travelled the furthest.

The group was invited to Christchurch to assist with the Canterbury rebuild. They will take new skills and qualifications back home with them to Tonga, Fiji and Samoa.

The project is a partnership between the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ara and local Christchurch companies Tradestaff and Adecco. The programme aims to help foster economic integration in support of sustainable economic development in the Pacific.

CAPL regularly assesses tradespeople who have experience but not a formal qualification to help them use their professional knowledge and practical skills towards a qualification. Professionals in all fields can apply to CAPL to have their experience assessed towards academic credits. At CAPL, experience counts.

Read more: Ara to help Pacific Islanders reap rebuild reward

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