A Brief History
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.
What we Offer
At VTC we are proud to offer our students :
High standards through Competency Based Training and Assessment: It’s all about developing knowledge and skills to perform the jobs required in the industry. VTC helps trainees secure suitable workplace experience and ensures the quality of the experience acquired is monitored and maintained.
Innovative Teaching and e-learning in SMART classrooms: VTC has a centralised server which is Wi-Fi connected to the whole campus. Multimedia based teaching materials, interactive smart white board, data projector for a modern teaching and learning environment. Quality Training staff : Including qualified and experienced instructors with relevant and current industry experience.
Strong Partnership with Australia Pacific Technical College: Building on its success and increasing enrolment numbers, VTC has formed a capacity building partnership with the Australian Government funded Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC). VTC trainers have access to APTC training resources and personnel where APTC trainers work closely with VTC staff. As a result of this partnership, VTC is able to offer Certificate level II Australian Qualifications along with the Fiji National Qualifications.
Vision & Mission
As a post-secondary vocational and technical training center, VTC’s mission is to train a diverse and effective workforce that supports the economic growth and stability of our state.
We shall strive to mould the students into self-directed learners who can be productive and respectable citizens for a harmonious multicultural global society.
Student-learning is at the heart of everything we do.
All teaching, learning and care are underpinned by our commitment to the following principles:
- Recognition of the need for and importance of partnership in all elements of educational provision.
- Professionalism in all that we do.
- Relevance and responsiveness as a required characteristic of all our endeavors.
- Quality and Excellence.
- Access and equity.