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Customer Service delivery for first deep dive coached business

A Deep Dive coaching approach for skills development is being piloted by Tonga Skills as a way to support sustainable business growth across the tourism sector value chain. Tonga Skills congratulates Friends Café & Restaurant located in the central business district as the first to complete a deep dive coaching approach

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International Skills Training to produce qualified trainers

His Excellency Mr. Andrew Ford congratulated 17 trainers who have completed a twelve-day program for an International Skills Training – Trainer and Assessor Course (IST) funded by Tonga Skills in partnership with Australia Pacific Training Coalition, Tonga Business Enterprise Centre, and technical training institutions from the public and private sectors.

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Welcome reception for aged care trainees

His Excellency Mr. Andrew Ford congratulated 18 trainees who have returned from three months training for a Certificate II in Community Services (Aged Care) in Fiji. Tonga Skills –  in partnership with the Australian Pacific Training Coalition (APTC), Tupou Tertiary Institute and Ma’a Fafine Moe Famili – welcomed the trainees

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Preventing Accidents at Work Through Skills Training

Accidents at the workplace need to be prevented. The Friendly Island Shipping Agency (FISA) are taking this seriously and have partnered with Tonga Skills to organise Forklift training for 35 drivers from many companies in Nuku’alofa.  The trainer, Mr Henry Myers from ASWEFA New Zealand, provided theory and practical training

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Let’s Think Differently About People with Disabilities

The International Day of People with Disabilities (3/12/18) is a day to appreciate and celebrate what people with disabilities can achieve – if we remove the barriers that prevent their inclusion. To mark this day, Tonga Skills, conducted an awareness program with the staff members of South Pacific Business Development

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Participants at the Montfort tool workshop

Big step forward for people with disabilities

Members of the Disability Persons Organisations (DPOs) are benefiting from a unique partnership that is providing them with a workshop and high-quality electric tools for carving production and training. People with disabilities have developed many new skills in wood, pearl and bone carving through training with Tonga Skills, and are

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Tailors Form an Association in Vava’u

  The sewing trainer of a recent Tonga Skills training in Tefisi in the far west of Vava’u was impressed with the 23 women who attended her training. She said “this is one of the best groups I have trained as most of them already had basic skills and were

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Building back better

After Cyclone Gita in February 2018, many families in Tongatapu and ‘Eua were left without safe and secure housing. A collaborative project between the LDS Church, MORDI, Tonga Institute of Science and Technology (TIST), Caritas, CARE Australi,a and Tonga Skills is doing something to help. More than 250 houses will

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Vanilla Gold – Pollination is the name of the game

The saying “vanilla gold” is returning to Vava’u, with prices for vanilla now as high as $1200 pa’anga per kilo on the global market. It is the second most expensive spice in the world after saffron. Vava’u has some of the highest-grade organic vanilla in the world and wants to

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Tonga Skills Breaks Down Barriers for Tongans Living with Disability

People with disabilities face multiple barriers to earning an income and gaining economic independence. The Inclusion Strategy of the Tonga Skills program, funded by Australia in Tonga, focusses on a twin-track approach to assist people with disabilities gain new skills, improve productivity and access new markets. With assistance from the

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