PRESS RELEASE – ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2019

SQA to host Post School Education and Training – Annual Conference 2019

 PRESS RELEASE

The Samoa Qualifications Authority will open its Post School Education and Training (PSET) Annual Conference at the Taumeasina Island Resort on Thursday 11th April 2019.

This year’s two day conference continues to highlight the need for continued “Partnerships between Post School Education and Training (PSET) and the Workplace”. More than a hundred stakeholders from the government, private sector, international organisations, community, formal and non formal education providers as well as PSET students have been invited to participate.

Employability of PSET graduates is a key focus of the conference. Discussions and ways forward will therefore be centered on student access to education and training programmes which are relevant and quality assured to meet the needs of the job market. Graduates need jobs and workplaces need competent employees who are able to perform well and are happy with their working conditions.

The PSET providers participating include universities, theological colleges, technical and vocational institutions and all other formal and non-formal training and educational organisations in Samoa. Under the SQA legislated mandate, all PSET providers operating in Samoa are required to register and comply with quality standards which safeguard their enrolled students and enable their qualifications to be recognised nationally and internationally. Employers, professional bodies, industry based groups and other relevant stakeholders contribute to these quality standards through collaborating with training institutions and the Samoa Qualifications Authority.

Hosting this annual event is part of the PSET Strategic Plan 2017-2020 which is closely linked to the Strategy for the Development of Samoa, the Samoa Education Sector Plan, the Sustainable Development Goals and also to key elements of the S.A.M.O.A Pathway.

In its coordination role the SQA purposely brings together at this Conference its valuable stakeholders who are the post school education and training providers, the employers and workplace personnel and communities to strengthen links and seek better ways of ensuring that the education and training is relevant and quality assured for the job market.

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