The Fiji Times » Vocational training center plans to have its courses accredited

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Having all of its courses accredited by the end of this year is one of Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Center’s major future plans.

Speaking at Saturday’s open day, the centre’s director, Shazna Khan, said she was aiming to accredit all of her courses.

“Since registering with Fiji Higher Education, we are now a professional institution and aim to accredit all our courses,” she said.

“So first we started with caregiving. We have had it accredited with a national certificate. We are slowly moving towards sewing. We would like to offer a level 2 national fashion and design patent.

“It will also be a long course, but it would be much more valuable than the certificate we provide now.

“After that, we will move on to the field of cooking and pastry where we will also accredit this course.

“So all the courses we want to provide must be accredited and the certificate must be recognised.”

Ms Khan said they had extended the length of their course from nine weeks to 10 weeks.

“Nine weeks was their practice and theory at the center and for the first time we sent them for a week for practical placements.

“So after that 10 week period they came back and whatever they had learned throughout, they are selling it and showing it at the open house.”

Ms Khan said the open day was an opportunity for the 38 women to interact with their customers and practice their communication and advertising skills.

“It’s also part of their assessment before they graduate next week.”

She said the reduction in the subsidy given by the Ministry of Women, Children and the Fight against Poverty had affected the center.

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