BY JOY OFASIA
EMPLOYMENT of women has now been widely accepted phenomena in Solomon Islands’ present society. Social and economic urban challenges faced in the country have now broken the traditional norm of not allowing women to pursue high education and employment.
The parents, husbands, and society are now approving the employment of both married and unmarried girls.
As a mother of four, Christina Pakoa from the remote island of Lord Howe in the Malaita province had been recently graduated with a Certificate II Award in Skills for ‘Work and Vocational Pathway’ said the qualification obtained will strengthen her confidence to deliver quality out in her place of work.
“The course has further developed my knowledge and skills with confidence on how to prepare on the vocational training pathways or how to enter the workforce.
“Now I can read, write, and respond to routine workplace information, use digital technologies for routine workplace tasks, and interact effectively with others at work,” she told Solomon Women.
Christina is employed at the Coral Sea Resort Hotel in Honiara and has undergone six months of training studies at the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) in Honiara.
She said the program has helped open her eyes in preparation to move forward in any workforce setting in the country.
“It has helped me understand the basic skills that one has to have to start in the workforce.”
Christina said to achieve my certification award was quite a challenge that I had to overcome with patience and determination.
She acknowledged individuals and organizations that have contributed to her success story.
“I would like to thank the Australian Government for the scholarship opportunity and for this specific program which I have undertaken which has truly helped to improved me better in my current job at the Coral Sea Resort Hotel.”
As Australia’s flagship TVET program, APTC has trained over 15,000 Pacific women and men, including more than 1,100 men and more than 860 women in the Solomon Islands, since its commencement in 2007.