Post School Education and Training Annual Conference 2019

“Continuous Improvement in Partnerships between PSET and the Workplace”


Opening of the Post School Education Training (PSET) Annual Conference

Thursday 11 April 2019, 9:30am @ Taumeasina Island Resort.

 

Hon. Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi

Prime Minister

 

Reverend Dr Mosese Mailo

Honourable Ministers

Excellencies & Distinguished Participants,

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

Strategic partnerships between education and training providers and the workplace is critical to the development of any country including Samoa. With rapid changes and increasing complexity of workplace requirements, this meeting of key stakeholders is vital. The measure of success for training providers and students is no longer the graduation ceremony but whether graduates are employable and whether they meet the needs and expectations of the workplace. It is essential that education and training is therefore relevant and linked to employment.

 

The Samoa Qualifications Authority provides support for this through policy advice and regulatory powers to quality assure and coordinate post school education and training. A key part of SQA quality assurance involves employers ensuring that formal training and study programmes produce graduates with skills and knowledge that match their future careers. Introduction of quality assurance for local workplace training and assessment will also enable years of service and experience to be recognized officially without formal classroom learning.  National Competency Standards enable these processes to be implemented by registered workplace assessors with fairness and credibility on a national and international level.  Samoan qualifications recognized locally and internationally for gainful employment and further studies beyond our shores is also important.

 

I thank you again as stakeholders and partners in our joint effort to improve post school education and training to meet the workplace and development needs of Samoa. Your presence is evidence of your commitment and contribution to national development. I also thank our development partners who continue to assist with resourcing of programme delivery, access for vulnerable students, upgrading of staff to meet professional teaching standards and fulfill SQA Quality Assurance requirements.

 

I now officially declare open the “Post School Education and Training Annual Conference 2019” Best wishes for valuable collaborations and stronger partnerships between post school education and training and the workplace. 

PSET ANNUAL CONFERENCE PROGRAMME 2019

9:00am – Registration

9:30am – Welcoming Remarks

  • Afioga Gatoloaifa’ana Tilianamua Afamasaga
    Chairperson – SQA Board of Directors

Opening Prayer

  • Susuga Reverend Dr. Mosese Mailo
    Principal
    Piula Theological College

Official Opening Address

  • Honorable Loau Solamalemalo Keneti Sio
    Minister of Education, Sports & Culture

10:00am – Participants Photo & Tea Break

PRESENTATIONS

Facilitator: Gatoloaifa’ana Tilianamua Afamasaga
Chairperson – SQA Board of Directors

10:30am – ‘Progress of the Annual Conference 2018 Outcome Statement’

  • Afioga Letuimanu’asina Dr. Emma Kruse Vaai
    Chief Executive Officer
    Samoa Qualifications Authority

10:40am – Discussion: Q & A

10:50am – ‘Education Sector priorities and contributions to the overall development of Samoa’ 

  • Susuga Elita To’oala
    Chairperson & CEO Ministry of Public Enterprises
    Education Sector Advisory Committee
  • Afioga Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Afamasaga-Fuata’i
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ministry of Education Sports and Culture

11:10am Discussion: Q & A

PANEL ONE – ‘Employment policies and opportunities’
CHAIR: Afamasaga Dr. Karoline Afamasaga-Fuata’i
SQA Board Member & CEO MESC

11:30am – 

  • Afioga Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Labour

11:35am –

  • Susuga Lewis Sinclair
    Principal Officer
    Samoa Bureau of Statistics

11:40am – 

  • Afioga Manusamoa Tony Sa’aga
    Assistant Chief Executive Officer
    Ministry of Communication and Information Technology

11:45am – Discussion: Q & A

12:15pm – LUNCH BREAK

 

PANEL TWO – ‘Perspectives of PSET graduates on the quality of programme and application of qualifications in the workplace’
CHAIR: Pulotu Lyndon Chu Ling
SQA Board Member & CEO MCIL

 

1:15pm – 

  • Susuga Captain Ilalegagana Kenesareta
    Assistant Instructor Nautical
    Samoa Shipping Maritime Academy
    TVET Graduate

1:20pm – 

  • Susuga Tupai Taleni Tufuga
    Coordinator
    Vaiola TVET Institute
    Higher Education Graduate

1:25pm – 

  • Afioga Seiuli John Sila
    Senior Inspector
    Ministry of Works, Transport & Infrastructure
    Apprentice

1:30pm Discussion: Q & A

1:45pm GROUP DISCUSSION & REFLECTIONS ON PRESENTATIONS

3:00pm END OF DAY ONE

Presentations Day 1

Presentations Day 2

9:15am – Prayer

  • Father James Skelton
    Principal
    Moamoa Theological College

9:20am Welcome & Recap of Day 1

  • Afioga Letuimanu’asina Dr. Emma Kruse Vaai
    Chief Executive Officer
    Samoa Qualifications Authority

9:30am TEA BREAK

PANEL THREE – ‘Workplace Assessment and the Apprenticeship Scheme’
CHAIR: Gatoloaifa’ana Tilianamua Afamasaga
Chairperson – SQA Board of Directors

9:50am – 

  • Afioga Asiasiau Melesete Lino-Mariner
    Assistant Chief Executive Officer
    Quality Assurance Division
    Samoa Qualifications Authority

9:55am –

  • Afioga Sa’u Taupisi Fa’amau
    Assistant Chief Executive Officer
    Apprenticeship, Employment and Labour Market
    Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Labour

10:00am –

  • Susuga James Ah Fook (Yet to be confirm)
    Dean – Faculty of Technical Education
    National University of Samoa

10:05am –

  • Mrs. Joan Grace
    Consultant (WinTec NZ)
    Workplace Assessment Implementation

10:10am Discussion: Q & A

PANEL FOUR – ‘Opportunities for upskilling TVET trainers and lecturers’
CHAIR: Afamasaga Fa’auiga Mulitalo
SQA Board Member & CEO MWCSD

10:40am –

  • Mrs. Cheri Robinson-Moors
    Country Director
    Australia Pacific Training Coalition

10:45am –

  • Susuga Lineta Ulalate Tamanikaiyaroi
    Director
    Oloamanu Centre for Professional Development
    & Continuing Education
    National University of Samoa

10:50am –

  • Susuga Shirley Va’afusuaga
    Acting Assistant Chief Executive Officer
    Qualifications Division
    Samoa Qualifications Authority

10:55am Discussion: Q & A

PANEL FIVE – ‘Contributions of lifelong learning to employability’
CHAIR: Letuimanu’asina Dr. Emma Kruse Vaai
CEO SQA

11:30am –

  • Susuga Maulolo Tavita Amosa
    Director
    Fatuaiupu Consult
    Non Formal Education Provider

11:35am –

  • Susuga Reverend Dr. Sanele Lavata’i
    Lecturer
    Piula Theological College
    Formal Education Provider

11:40am –

  • Muliagatele Pepe Tevaga
    Samoa Victim Support Group
    Non Formal Education Provider

11:45am Discussion: Q & A

12:15pm LUNCH BREAK

PANEL SIX – ‘Sustaining partnerships between industries/employers and PSET providers through the provision of workplace experience’
CHAIR: Prof. Fui Le’apai Tu’ua Ilaoa Asofou Soo
SQA Board Member & NUS Vice Chancellor/President

1:15pm –

  • Afioga Seugamaali’i Jammie Saena
    General Manager
    Samoa Water Authority

1:20pm –

  • Afioga Tologata Tile Tuimaleali’ifano
    General Manager
    Electric Power Corporation

1:30pm Discussion: Q & A

1:45pm –

  • GROUP DISCUSSION & REFLECTIONS ON PRESENTATIONS

3:00pm – Presentation of the Draft Outcome Statement of the
PSET Annual Conference 2019

  • Afioga Letuimanu’asina Dr. Emma Kruse-Vaai
    Chief Executive Officer
    Samoa Qualifications Authority

3:15pm – Closing of the PSET Annual Conference 2019 

  • Afioga Gatoloaifa’ana Tilianamua Afamasaga
    Chairperson
    SQA Board of Directors

3:45pm – Farewell & Closing of PSET Annual Conference 2019 Cocktails
7:00pm