Bambford donor partners and the SIAVRTC director
SOLOMON Islands Association of Rural Vocational Training Centre (SIARVTC) funded 2013-2014 under Graduate Scheme training program have this year expanded to five provinces in the Solomon Islands.
The Graduate Scheme program was funded by an Australian Individual development partner called Bambford scheme and has been closely administered by SIARVTC under a defined time frame and structure of the program.
The Graduate scheme program was established in 2008 for communities where Rural Training Centre (RTC) Students have managed and engaged in projects like Joinery, Agriculture, Live skills, Carpentry construction, Auto mechanic and etc.
SIARVTC Director, Mr. Billy Mae said Bambford scheme will provide a grant scheme for five new projects which are worth $5000-$10000 to basically build the capacity of the recipient communities to engage in their projects within their own environments.
The five funded projects will be in Malaita, Central, Makira and Guadalcanal provinces and hope fully in the future spreading it to other provinces.
“The projects will be mainly focused on Loya-cane and wood furniture, cloth sewing, honey bee farming, and vegetables,” said Mr. Billy Mae.
Mr. Billy Mae said more positive outcomes have prevailed on current and previous funded projects.
“It’s one of the good sectors that local production of these utilized projects can fuel the economy of this country; and I think the government should strongly support these projects because the more we train people in such production projects we can export our resources to achieve more economic benefits.
He added that from our reports obtained from our assessments in these respective provinces it’s very encouraging and constructive.
“Our objective is to allow young people to be given some opportunities to acquire constructive skills and knowledge and it works since we have established in 2008 until now.”