Kiribati Facility

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The  Kiribati  Facility  is  the  third  phase  of  the  Australian  Government’s  investment  in  the  Kiribati  skills  sector.  It  is  made  up  of  three  components:  the  Skills  for  Employment  Program  (delivered  through  the  Kiribati  Institute  of  Technology),  the  Employment  Support  Services,  and  the  Flexible  Support  Facility.

Kiribati  Institute  of  Technology  is  one  of  the  region’s  leading  tertiary  institutions  offering  internationally  recognised  qualifications.  This  year  it  was  granted  accreditation  as  a  higher  education  and  training  provider  by  the  Pacific  Board  for  Educational  Quality,  one  of  the  first  accreditations  awarded  to  an  institution  from  a  small  Pacific  nation.

The  Kiribati  Institute  of  Technology  is  committed  to  increasing  participation  and  social  inclusion.  Some  key  initiatives  this  year  include:

  • IT  training  for  students  with  a  vision  impairment,  with  the  goal  of  providing  pathways  that  promote  access  to  future  work  opportunities  for  people  with  disabilities
  • The  Certificate  I  in  Bridging  was  launched  in  partnership  with  ChildFund  (see  case  study)
  • The  Community  Support  Strategy,  which  guides  the  program’s  focus  on  gender  equity  and  inclusion  at  KIT  by  increasing  the  participation  of  young  women,  men  and  disadvantaged  groups.

The  Employment  Support  Service  continued  to  assist  graduates  to  search  for  jobs,  prepare  job  applications  and  practice  for  interviews.  It  also  supports  I-Kiribati  workers  to  prepare  for  overseas  employment  opportunities  that  are  organised  through  the  Ministry  of  Employment  and  Human  Resource.

Case study
Kiribati: Enabling students to realise their full potential

In July 2017, ChildFund and the Kiribati Institute of Technology piloted a pathways program to address issues experienced by youth in the community including high levels of unemployment, difficult family relationships and groups of early school leavers. The outcome was the Certificate I in Bridging, a 12-month program for early school leavers.

The Certificate I in Bridging is designed to help students realise their full potential. Students are supported to develop basic skills in oral communication, digital technology, reading, writing and numeracy, with small class sizes to create an effective learning environment.

Since the pilot, six cohorts of students have completed the program – four male groups and two female groups.

The students, their families andstaff are already seeing real benefits. According to one Bridging program student, “A turning point occurred in my life when ChildFund and KIT selected me to be one of the bridging course students … being at school at KIT has changed my life.”

“I now know I am responsible for my life. I wake up every day knowing that I have things to do … I am so proud of myself to be chosen as a representative for the KIT Student Association.”

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