The CEO of the college has spent the week from the 3rd to 7th September promoting farming as the best and easiest career pathway for aspiring young people in Vanuatu. He was able to speak to the Year 10 students at École
Publique Centre-ville, the whole school at Onesua Presbyterian College, Vila Central School, Tebakor Secondary, Year 10 students at Vila North and Epauto Secondary. The emphasis of the awareness is that agriculture remains the backbone of the Vanuatu economy and therefore employment within that sector is there for the taking. In addition to this, the CEO explained how VAC is strategically organizing itself to equip young people to take full advantage of the opportunities within the agriculture sector. Finally, the CEO explained the new and exciting levels of qualifications VAC is putting in place including its Cert IV program in 2016/2017, the introduction of diploma programs in 2018 and other levels of qualification soon thereafter.
Reception by students was very positive with a lot of girls also showing a keen interest. Keen interest was even expressed for programs that VAC still has in the pipeline namely Paravet, Agriculture teaching as well as in the upcoming Agriculture Engineering program. For now though qualifications that are ready to roll off are in the Animal Sciences (namely Livestock, Aquaculture and Paravet), Plant Science (namely Forestry, Horticulture and Conservation) and in the Agribusiness (Business and Commerce). Application forms and new course brochures were given out. Based on this and other awareness having been done throughout the country, the CEO looks forward to a good number of enterprising young people who are eager to be the drivers of the economy to enter the college in 2017.