Marine Training Centre Kiribati

Uploaded by AusAIDvideo on 21.01.2010

NARRATOR: Kiribati.
A beautiful, small island nation with limited resources.
A nation that depends on the future of its younger generation.
For over 40 years, the international maritime industry
has been providing employment opportunities
for many young graduates of the Marine Training Centre.
The Marine Training Centre is one of the most impressive
educational and employment-generating institutions in Kiribati.
It is an internationally accredited training institute,
and graduates' financial remittances provide an important contribution
to the national economy.
The Australian Government is supporting the upgrade of equipment
at the training centre,
which is overseen by Captain Superintendent Boro Lucic.
Not only providing the training,
but also it's providing teaching on the proper behaviours,
on the time management and the proper disciplines.
So it's one of the most important things
that the young people from Pacific
should learn before they join their first ship.
NARRATOR: The Australian Government has provided over $1 million
for a new enclosed lifeboat, a hydraulic crane
and full bridge and engine simulators.
AusAID has also funded the in-house medical practice here at the MTC.
The clinic was made possible
through funding from the Australian Government and SPMS.
It is an SBG-recognised clinic.
When it was accredited,
it was the second only outside of Europe.
The main purpose of the clinic
is to examine and certify the fitness of the trainees and seafarers
on an ongoing basis.
Additionally, medical services are provided
to other agencies on the island.
NARRATOR: An important outcome of Australia's support is employment.
Peter Lange is the manager of the South Pacific Marine Service.
SPMS is the employer
of all the graduates at the Marine Training Centre here on Tarawa.
MAN: My name is Bauesi.
My father's name is Takaua.
I come all the way from the island of Onotoa.
I don't think that I could get anymore
the golden chances of getting a good employment nowadays,
because nowadays you only get to have a good job
if you have a good qualification with you.
NARRATOR: It is important that MTC graduates
gain qualifications that are recognised internationally.
Among some of the qualifications awarded
are certificates from the World Maritime University and Videotel.
Training is based on STCW95 regulations
as the standard for certification and watchkeeping certificates.
The current pass rate at the MTC is 75%,
and graduates have gained a good reputation worldwide.
Kiribati are existing on so-called white list
of international maritime organisations,
which is actually... it's giving opportunities
to the Kiribati to employ their seafarers on overseas trips.
With the training simulators, we will be having opportunities
to put them like on the real bridge, on the real situations.
And the trainees - the future seafarers -
are much better prepared to take over their positions on the ships.
NARRATOR: Providing students with modern training facilities,
the full bridge and engine simulators
ensure practical training for students,
with Kiribati being the first Pacific island country
to take up this latest technology.
BORO LUCIC: Comparing with the institutions... institutions around the Pacific,
I think the MTC now, it's clearly on the top
because our friends, our donors from AusAID, from New Zealand Aid,
and also because support of the government and SPMS purchase.
the government of Kiribati,
Kiribati seamen employment possible
with the generous assistance of various aid donors
contributing to the MTC in many ways.
Um, it's not only by providing facilities and equipment,
but also providing training for trainers,
training for the instructors at MTC.
There is a good cooperation between MTC
and overseas regional marine training institutions.
All of that.
To meet my own expense in the future, I need a job.
And so, to me, being a seafarer
would certainly help me get enough income to help myself,
for my own family.
Maybe for my friends, but most of all for my family and for myself.
NARRATOR: Remittances from I-Kiribati nationals employed on ships
are an important part of the nation's economy.
Kiribati seamen earning wages,
sending allotments home to provide for their families, relatives,
sending money home which enters back into the Kiribati economy.
A large amount of money coming back by...
..provided by the seamen.
And without the seamen, well, the Kiribati economy
would look not as bright as it is now.
NARRATOR: The vocational training for seafarers
also includes training in areas such as first aid,
catering and hospitality.
Hospitality skills are taught within the institute,
and it is expected that the new galley facilities
will further enhance the MTC's ability to deliver trained graduates
to service additional employment areas in the maritime industry.
Lifeboat training using the latest technology
has also been made possible through Australia's assistance.
The outdated training boats
have been replaced with a state-of-the-art vessel
in which the latest personal survival techniques are taught.
A container shipping crane assists students to expand their skills base.
Training does not always remain the same.
It changes according to international rules and regulations.
Owners have an input.
They want certain things to be done at the Marine Training Centre.
They want specialised training.
You name it.
All those courses or all the training which is required
for a seaman to be fit for the job.
NARRATOR: Kiribati receives millions of dollars annually in revenue
from international licences to fish in its territorial waters.
An important role - that of official observer -
has responsibilities in the reporting of the fishing catch.
The skills and integrity of these trained observers
therefore has a major impact on the Kiribati economy.
The training of these observers is also undertaken at the MTC.
Generally, with all training equipment,
simulators, classrooms, training resources,
we are ready to go with the next step
and to offer our service not only to the Kiribati nationals
but also to offer to other Pacific islands
and to increase the revenue for the government.
We are ready to offer many more courses,
and we are definitely putting MTC on the top place
among the training institutions in the Pacific.
Shipowners want Kiribati seamen back.
We get requirements from various partners, various shipowners.
They say, "We want this particular seaman back on board."
I think they are pretty happy with the seamans.
And the Kiribati seamans since '67 did a great job
and they keep the positions for the new generations of young Kiribati.
NARRATOR: The Minister for Labour and Human Resource Development
welcomed guests to celebrate
the opening of the simulator room and lifeboat at the MTC.
Greetings to you all this afternoon. (SPEAKS LOCAL LANGUAGE)
I am indeed very pleased and honoured
to be invited to this special occasion as one of the guest speakers
to officiate and witness completion of the project
and the handing over of the MTC lifeboat
and simulators training equipment.
At the outset, I wish to congratulate Captain Boro and the MTC
on its success to procure the long-awaited and much-needed
training equipment for the school.
We've been involved with MTC for 25 years now,
and I think having the Australian Government, through AusAID,
involved in MTC,
I think has really shown good donor coordination at the highest levels.
The New Zealand and Australian governments,
through AusAID and NZ Aid,
have always worked very closely together,
and I think today is a culmination of that.
And I'm very hopeful that this trend will continue.
WOMAN: Yes, I think it's a wonderful opportunity today
to see the Australian aid program and the New Zealand aid program
working in such a complementary way.
NARRATOR: Australian government support to the MTC,
in partnership with the New Zealand and Kiribati governments,
continues to create important employment opportunities
for young I-Kiribati.
It is expected that in the future,
this investment will have benefits throughout the Pacific,
and ensure that graduates continue to access employment
both locally and abroad.