Australian opposition MPs Bill Shorten, Tanya Plibersek and Richard Marles visited the Kiribati Institute of Technology (KIT) in November. The Kiribati TVET Sector Strengthening Program (TVETSSP), which is managed by Scope Global, is focused on capacity building of KIT so that it can offer demand driven and relevant TVET courses to international standards.
Principal of KIT and TVETSSP Team Leader, Antoine Barnaart said that the TVETSSP Team was pleased to receive the visitors and show them some of the key developments that have been put in place. This included the $5 million new building program which is about to be completed and the KIT Simulated Business “Micronesian Magic” which is an innovative way of teaching the Certificate II in Business. KIT female trade trainers, in carpentry and plumbing, were able to discuss their own personal journeys from initial employment through to becoming trainers. Today they are important role models for other I-Kiribati women wanting work in non-traditional trade areas for women.