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The Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) is the Australian Government’s flagship investment in Technical and Vocational
Education Training (TVET) in the Pacific. APTC’s goal is “a more skilled, inclusive and productive workforce enhances Pacific prosperity”. Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) is an integral part of achieving this goal by breaking down inequality and nexclusion within Pacific TVET systems.

APTC strongly believes that the equal and just participation in skills development of all groups at all levels and in all areas of the society is the key to achieving holistic Pacific prosperity. Drawing on its experience since inception in 2007, best practice from other institutions in the Pacific, APTC has developed an ambitious Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Strategic Framework (2020-2022).

This Strategic Framework aims to generate responsive and transformative actions to tackle existing barriers, gaps and forms of exclusions while also taking into consideration the context within which APTC operates and its achievements to date. Through this strategic framework, APTC will be moving forward to support inclusive and gender responsive Pacific TVET systems and to meaningfully contribute towards broader Gender Equality and Social Inclusion work within the Pacific Region.

The GESI strategic framework is based on the recognition that the existing systems of inequalities and exclusions deeply ingrained within Pacific island societies also trickles down to Pacific TVET systems. To tackle these challenges and achieve transformative change at individual and systemic level for greater and equitable pacific productivity the strategic framework adopts a Twin Track approach. Through this approach APTC will implement specific action to improve GESI within APTC’s functions (mainstreaming), as well as targeted set of interventions to improve educational and employment outcomes for women, persons living with disabilities and individuals from rural, remote, maritime and small island states (targeted actions).