Vivekananda Technical Centre is run by the Board of Management of Ramakrishna Mission, Fiji which is a branch centre of the worldwide organisation – Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission with its Headquarters at Belur Math, West Bengal, India. The vocational courses started in 1981.
At the beginning the Centre offered courses in Carpentry and Joinery, Agriculture and Automotive Engineering. Apart from the Ministry of Education two year vocational courses, the Centre also offered FNU franchised courses from the early nineties. Since 2013 it offers Fiji National Qualification courses in the disciplines of Cookery, Automotive Mechanics, Automotive Electrical, and Cabinet Making & Joinery. Successful trainees completing all requirements in these courses have now graduated with a Fiji National Qualification in November 2014. Recognising the importance of and demand for industry relevant office technology skills a provider qualification course in Advanced Office Technology was developed with its first intake of 2014 trainees currently completing workplace attachment.
In recognition of the successful pioneering of the Fiji National Qualifications, VTC has been requested by the Fijian Ministry of Education to use its enhanced capacity to train its TVET instructors in high schools.
In addition, the Fiji Higher Education Commission and Ministry of Education have requested to further develop VTC into a regional vocational training centre so that it can support the delivery of Cert level II of National Qualifications in high schools. VTC has been earmarked to be the ‘District’ Vocational Training Centre for Nadi.