IEA TAFE 8th Graduation Ceremony - 20th of July 2012
IEA TAFE is about quality training aimed at producing top graduates resulting in good employment outcomes. This was the message to students, parents, sponsors and employers from Manager, Mr Phillip Oakley, during the 8th IEA TAFE graduation at the Ela Beach Campus, on Friday, July 20th. A total of 260 students graduated that day.
Dignitaries present included Hon. Don Polye who gave the Keynote Address to the graduates, IEA CEO - Mr Joe Lalie, IEA Director Finance - Mr Trent Coligan, IEA TAFE Board Chair - Ms Ruby Zarriga, IEA Board Chair - Mr Stanis Tao, Mr Ralph Tarosomo represented TAFE’s Industry partners and delivered the Industry Address, Senior Officers from the PNG Defense Force, and representatives from the Financial, Hospitality and Business Industries in PNG were also present.
“IEA TAFE’s success will always be measured by the numbers of employment outcomes of our graduates. To achieve this IEA TAFE has focused on building strategic industry partnerships, with our industry partners playing a key role in hosting students for essential workplace experience,” Mr Oakley stated proudly.
He attributed IEA Ela Beach Campus’ success to the IEA TAFE Board which has provided sound direction and given Management excellent support and the team of highly qualified and professional trainers and support staff.
Keynote Speaker: Hon Don Polye with Mr Phil Oakley
CEO of IEA - Mr Joe Lalie, Phil Oakley & Hon. Don Ploye
IEA TAFE Graduation Dignitaries in attendance
Hon. Don Polye & some of the Diploma Graduates 2012
Mr Oakley added that the IEA TAFE Board has been further strengthened this year with the appointment of senior executives from both Bank of South Pacific and the Crowne Plaza Hotel. He emphasized that TAFE needs to be driven by industry; and went on to acknowledge all industry partners for their continued support, without which TAFE students would not be able to have the success that they now enjoy.
“Why is there this need for Vocational Education and Training (VET)? In PNG, we have 50% of the population aged under 21 years old; 90% of year 12 school leavers do not get offered opportunities in the formal employment sector. VET’s role is to prepare and train people for the work place and I am pleased to advise that IEA TAFE has some excellent success stories in this regard.
“Of our Certificate III Cookery students graduating today I understand that 80% have already commenced or been offered full time employment. We have similar success stories with our IT graduates – BSP, for example, has already recruited 19 of our IT graduates in the past few years,” Mr Oakley stated.
Mr Oakley also pointed out that IEA TAFE receives no external funding adding that the organization is funded entirely by parents and students.
Last year (2011) IEA TAFE graduated 449 students. It is expected that the numbers will double this year. TAFE is looking forward to increased numbers and continued growth.