The Skills for Employment Program, a component of the Kiribati Facility, is the third phase of the Australian Government’s skills development and employment support to Kiribati, and the next step in strengthening the Kiribati Institute of Technology. It has been designed to address the limited paid employment opportunities for I-Kiribati at home, regionally and internationally. The program’s overall goal is to develop a more capable, qualified and mobile I-Kiribati workforce.
Scope Global was appointed to manage the Kiribati Facility in September 2016, building on our previous work in delivering the first two phases of the Australian Government’s TVET Sector Strengthening Program from 2011 to 2016.
In 2016–17, clear progress was made on making the Kiribati Institute of Technology more inclusive to groups disadvantaged by geography, disability or gender, and the institute developed and piloted three courses:
- Construction for people who are hearing impaired pilot (15 participants, including 4 female)
- Introduction to computers and keyboards people who are sight impaired (6 participants, including 3 females)
- A plumbing course on the outer islands (34 participants, including 6 females).
In 2016, 223 graduates were awarded certificates, with 36% of those female.
The Employment Support Service plays a pivotal role by supporting graduates to be more employable in Kiribati and overseas. The service’s preparatory short courses were rapidly expanded in the first half of 2017 to include a greater focus on English language, including a pilot Hospitality English course designed for candidates preparing for opportunities at Hamilton and Hayman islands.