New DG and Directors for the Ministry of Education and Training 2019

New DG and Directors for the Ministry of Education and Training 2019

The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) organised the first Morning Prayer Breakfast of 2019 onMonday 11 February 2019 at the MOET conference room. It is a quarterly event where all staff members of the MoET including its departments, gather together for a morning devotion followed by speeches from the Minister of Education and Training and a breakfast.

This year, the first Morning Prayer breakfast is particularly interesting as it does not only gathers the staff members for the blessing of the annual work plan, but also to welcome the new Director General, Mr Bergmans Iati, and the Directors: Mr Samuel Katipa, Director of Education Services, Mr Serge Lewawa, Director of Policy and Planning, Mr John Gideon, Director of Administration and Finance, and Mrs Ann Rose Tjiobang, Director of Tertiary and High Education Training.

The Minister of Education and Training, Mr Jean Pierre Nirua, said in his speech that he trusted the newly appointed directors and the DG for directing their staff members in achieving the goals of the National Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

It is the first time in the history of the Ministry of Education of Vanuatu that a woman takes up the position of director.

Congratulations to all the new DG and directors! 



The Vanuatu Government recognises that skills development is one of the key engines to the development of the economic growth and sustainable development. Currently, there is a mismatch between the current education and training system, and the education and skills required in the Vanuatu labour market.

The Prime Minister’s Office through the Department of Strategic Policy, Planning and Aid Coordination (DSSPAC) is coordinating the development of the National Human Resource Development Plan (NHRDP) in collaboration with the Australian Government funded Vanuatu Skills Partnership and Governance for Growth programs.

The NHRDP will guide future investment in education and skills training to ensure Vanuatu’s human resources are available to deliver the National Sustainable Development Plan (2016-2030) objectives.

The Competency Standards Development Unit (CSDU) of the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority (VQA) assisted DSPPAC to conduct an Industry Survey.

The survey, which is intended to provide baseline data for the NHRDP, was administered, under VQA staff supervision, by 12 USP students during the past two weeks (14th May 2018 – 25th May 2018).

The objective of this survey is to provide a snapshot of the current Vanuatu labour market from upon which the NHRDP can be based.

On Friday 25th May 2018, the 12 students with the CSDU team, handed over completed survey forms filled out by heads of more than 200 companies covering industries in Agriculture, Telecommunications, Construction, Business, Forestry, Finance, Food & Hospitality, Health, etc.

DSPPAC Project Officer, Mr Scott Tavi expressed the gratitude of the Government to all the companies that completed the survey in recognition of the importance of this initiative to an improved match between industry skills demand and skills supply from the Vanuatu education and training system.

Mr Tavi also thanked the students for their help and assured them that there will be a page in the NHRDP book reserved for the acknowledgement. He also thanked the CSDU team for taking up their leadership role in coordinating these students on the survey program during these two weeks. The CEO of the VQA, Mr David Lambukly, also acknowledged their efforts.

The students were given each a Certificate of Appreciation from the PM’s Office as a reference to help them as part of their CV especially when applying for a job.

Industry survey - group photo wit USP students and VQA officers


Recently, the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority (VQA) introduced new procedures and application forms for Provider Registration, Course accreditation, and Approval to Deliver an accredited course. According to the VQA Act, all Post-School Education and Training (PSET) providers offering courses in Vanuatu must be registered with the VQA. Registered providers must meet minimum standards for the quality of education and training they deliver.

During the months of April to June, the VQA, with support from the Tertiary Education Directorate (TED) and Vanuatu Skills Partnership, organised a series of workshops for PSET providers in Port Vila, Luganville and Isangel to familiarise them with the new processes and to assist them with making an application.

Three-day workshops were held for the currently non-registered providers to help them start the process of becoming registered. During the workshop all participants were informed about the processes providers must follow and standards they must meet to be registered with the VQA, and to apply for delivery of an accredited course.

Only Registered PSET Providers are allowed to deliver accredited courses and qualifications. Accredited courses have been developed specifically to meet the needs of the industry, the labour market and the community. They are also meeting national and international quality standards. Having an accredited qualification also gives a person a stepping stone to further training and study at higher levels.

The VQA also held two-day workshops for Registered Providers, to inform them of the new processes for course accreditation and for approval to deliver an accredited course. Twenty-six providers participated in these workshops.

Providers were also advised of the 38 courses that are already available on the Register of Accredited Courses and how they could apply to deliver these courses. Then they were given the opportunity to work on an application while being assisted by VQA, TED and Vanuatu Skills Partnership staff. It is anticipated that several more accredited courses will be delivered by registered providers in the coming year.

All providers are congratulated for making the workshops a success, as everyone made big steps forward towards delivering quality assured post-school education and training for the people in Vanuatu.

 Tanna Workshop with providers

Visit of the new Acting DG of the MoET at the VQA

The Vanuatu Qualifications Authority, School Based Management and the Teaching Service Commission had the
privilege to receive the newly appointed Acting Director General to the Ministry of Education and Training, Mr
Bergmans Iati. The CEO of the VQA, Mr David Lambukly welcomed Mr Iati and said that he was looking forward
to explain more about the work of VQA at a later stage. Mr Iati is now the Chairperson of the VQA Board.

MoET' new Acting DG visit at VQA

VQA advises parents on enrollment



The Governing Statutory body established to assured the quality of education and training in Vanuatu, especially the Post – School Education and Training, the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority (VQA) advises the parents who seek to enroll their children in any institution in Vanuatu, to enroll their children in courses accredited by the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority Board.

Under the VQA act No. of 2017, VQA is mandated to ensure a quality assured post-school education and training (PSET) through the registration of training providers and accreditation of PSET programs or courses.

VQA works closely with the industry and the institutions to ensure that the courses being delivered are accredited, which means that :

  • They are developed using the National Competency Standards that are developedT in collaboration with industry, that way students graduate with skills that meet the industry needs,
  • Are aligned appropriately with the Vanuatu Quality Assurance Framework and that enables the registered training provider (RTP) to issue nationally recognized post-school education and training qualifications,
  • They facilitate pathways to other qualifications in Vanuatu or in the Pacific region.
  • Qualifications are recognized and are sealed "officially accredited"

VQA also advises all institutions that are not registered yet to contact the VQA staff and start the procedures so that they can also have their courses accredited.

Below is an up-to-date list of courses accredited by VQA.

VQR Workshop

Vanuatu Qualifications Registry (VQR) workshop for VIT administration staff



Vanuatu Qualifications Authority ran a workshop for VIT Staff administration on how to use the Vanuatu Qualifications Registry (VQR) to register and enroll students.



With the role of the VQA Executive as specifies under the new Vanuatu Post – School Education and Training Policy to “establish a national PSET information system and provide an annual PSET statistical digest, including statistical analysis to submission to the Government and publication for general distribution”, the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority has developed a Management Information system that registered providers are using to register, enroll students and to submit students marked assessments.



All Post-School Education and Training (PSET) providers are required to use the system to register and enrol students and to submit all marked assessments to VQA. This is a requirement to ensure quality in the delivery and assessment of nationally accredited courses.



The VQR system has two types of users:


1. Providers


The Provider access is assigned to each PSET providers nominated staffs, and their role is registering and enrolling students.


2. Assessors



The Assessor access is assigned to trainers/assessors of each registered PSET provider to upload student marked assessment.



The VQA Information and Technology Officer ran a one-week workshop on the Provider User access with 5 Administration Staffs of the Vanuatu Institute of Technology. This is the sixth visit to registered PSET Providers. Next week 65 trainers/assessors of VIT will have their first workshop on the Assessor user access.



A major issue of this week’s workshop is the inconsistency of student names provided in student applications and Certificates and other personal details such as contact and address. The system requires that all students should use their names as stated in their Birth Certificates and for students to provide their birth Certificate as the key document to verify their names.



A considerable number of student applications are placed on Hold until students return to semester two and provide their birth Certificates.



It has been noted by VIT Staffs that most students are not serious with their personal details, or their application forms. VQA is advising students to provide their correct details in their school application forms with the documents that verifies these details..



For more information about the VQR system, please visit



The Chief Executive Officer of the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority explained that it is very important that registered providers that delivering accredited courses use the Vanuatu Qualifications Register. With the providers’ and students’ information and students’ internally moderated marked assessments, the system will automatically generate certificates for students.



The system will generate reports on PSET enrolment, graduates etc. for use in decision making purposes.



The CEO further explained that since the Vanuatu Government through OGCIO promote the use of ICT through its Universal Access Policy, why not we make use of it to build our Human Resources and to collect information to enhance decision making.



Those registered providers that have a students’ information management system must ensure that it is linked with the VQR database so that information required for VQA to issue certificates are uploaded into the VQR Database on


On the 7th September 2017, while the National Competency Standards Workshop was happening at one of the Vanuatu Police College’s conference room, the current Vanuatu Police Commissioner, Albert Nalpini, gave out certificates of achievement to the graduates of 2016 in Diploma of Policing.


The Vanuatu Qualifications Authority is not only regulating post-school and education providers and accreditating their courses, but also delivered their certificates.

Vanuatu Police Training College Graduation

Vanuatu Police Training College graduation

Women graduated from the Vanuatu Police Training College with the Diploma of Policing, Port-Vila, 7th September 2017

On the 7th September 2017, while the National Competency Standards Workshop was happening at one of the Vanuatu Police College’s conference room, the current Vanuatu Police Commissioner, Albert Nalpini, gave out certificates of achievement to the graduates of 2016 in Diploma of Policing.

The Vanuatu Qualifications Authority is not only regulating post-school and education providers and but is also responsible for the ensuring this registered institutions offer accredited courses so that they deliver recognized qualifications.

NCS Workshop

National competency standards workshop

Photo taken during the closing of the NCS workshop at the Vanuatu Police College, 15th September 2017.

 A five-day workshop training workshop on competency standards development for post-school education and training is organized by the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority at the Vanuatu Police College.

A group of 20 women and men including trainers of Vanuatu Institute of Technology, Vanuatu College of Nursing Education, Chairman of Vanuatu Nursing Council, Bitron Services and VQA Staffs were trained by Rob Stowell, Director of Learning Australia, on competency standards development.

The key technical outcome of the workshop was the development of competency standards which define the exact requirements of the workplace. These standards will help training providers ensure that the training is high quality and industry demand based.

The workshop trainer, Rob, said that the evolution of new technologies is on the rise and there will be no trainer of mechanic, of electronics but instead in the future there will a profession called “mechatronics” who would have the knowledge and skills on both areas mechanics and electronics.

At the end of the training, each participant received an award of attendance with a great smile. The CEO of the VQA, Mr. David Lambukly, thanked the professor for his time, and as a token of appreciation, the participants offered him a gift.

National Conference on Quality Assurance in PSET

National conference on quality assurance in post-school education and training


Photo - Group phot taken on Thursday 13th September 2017 during the official opening of the Quality Assurance Conference on Post-School Education and Training in Vanuatu, hosted by the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority at Holiday Inn Resort, Port-Vila.

The Vanuatu Qualifications Authority (VQA) has hosted for the second time, a National Conference on Quality Assurance in Post-School Education and Training. This event was held at the Holiday Inn Resort on 13-14 September 2017.

The purpose of this conference is to provide a platform for the registered providers to exchange best practices, to help them discuss how an internal quality assurance can be processed, how to maximize the effectiveness of an organization by using the quality management system (QMS), and to learn from each other’s challenges, experiences, failures and successes. This forum will help providers find a better way to enable pathways for learners and graduates to better employment and further education.

The event gathered around 80 participants including representatives from each registered PSET provider, VQA Board members, the DG of the Ministry of Education and Training, Mr. Jesse Dick Joe, and VQA Staff.

 The keynote speakers of this event were Ms Melesete Lino Mariner, Assistant CEO, Quality Assurance Division of the Samoan Qualifications Authority, and Ms Emoni Togamau Tesese, Director of Tesese Institute of Administrative Studies, Apia, Western Samoa.

PSET Advisor Mr. Peter Morris and Professor Jeannette Baird, Vice President of Quality Assurance at Divine Word University in Papua New Guinea have also made a short presentation.   

During the conference, 60 students from 3 different secondary schools in Port-Vila had the chance to explore possibilities of higher education through an exhibition of photos of some of the registered providers including Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, APTC, CNS, Vanuatu Police College, and Vanuatu College of Nursing Education.  

The VQA wishes to thank the two main sponsors: the Australia-Pacific Technical College and the Skills For Economic Growth Program (TVET). Thank you also to all who have helped make this event a success, particularly for the hard work and dedication of the VQA staff.

Regional Conference on Quality Assurance

Regional Conference on Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Asia – Pacific


Photo - Participants of the conference


The Chief Executive Officer of the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority represented Vanuatu in a Regional Conference on Quality Assurance of Higher Education in Asia – Pacific. The conference was held in Shenzhen, People’s Republic of China from 15 – 16 June 2017.

The conference focused on dynamics of quality assurance in higher education in Asia – Pacific for which the presentations are based on the following sub - themes:

  • New impetus for strengthening quality assurance in higher education;
  • External quality assurance mechanism
  • Internal quality assurance mechanisms and a culture of quality within HEIs;
  • Bridging the links between internal and external quality assurance processes;
  • National qualifications frameworks and exploring connections with quality assurance, credential recognition and students’ mobility;
  • Quality assurance of private higher education institutions;
  • Quality assurance of qualifications obtained through non – traditional modes; and
  • International cooperation and regional harmonization efforts in Asia - Pacific.

The aim of the Asia – Pacific Regional Conference on Quality Assurance is to inform and shape the 2018 international conference on quality assurance in higher education organized by UNESCO.  

The conference was attended by government officials, QA practitioners and researchers from member states in Asia – Pacific region, representatives from international and national professional bodies, international organizations and NGOs and other higher education stakeholders.

Assessment Moderation Workshop

Assessment Moderation Workshop

Photo - Group photo taken at the Melanesian Hotel Conference Room during the Assessment Moderation Workshop on 14th June 2017, Port-Vila

VQA, in partnership with Skills International in New Zealand, hosted a workshop on Assessment and Moderation, a project fully funded by UNESCO. The VQA Assessment Officer, Estelle Vutinadamu, organized this project to help assessors and moderators in improving their knowledge and skills in the area of pre-assessment and post-assessment moderation.

Eleven accredited courses approved

Eleven (11) accredited courses approved by the VQA board in may 2017

Photo - Functional analysis for VPC courses - Diploma of Policing, Vanuatu Police College, Port-Vila, May 2017

 The Validation Committee, together with the Quality Assurance Committee undertook procedures to analyze courses before submission before the VQA the VQA Board for approval. 

 In May 2017, the VQA Board approved 11 accredited courses which are the following:

  •  Certificate I in Climate Change (Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction) VIT
  • Certificate I in Tourism (Customer Service) VIT  
  • Certificate II in Tourism (Customer Service) VIT
  • Certificate II in Tourism (Tour Operations) VIT   
  • Certificate I in Mechanical Engineering (Metal Production) VIT  
  • Certificate II in Mechanical Engineering (Metal Production) VIT
  • Certificate II in Agriculture (Crop Establishment) VAC
  • Certificate II in Forestry (Forest Operations) VAC  
  • Certificate I in Automotive Engineering (Servicing) Torgil
  • Certificate II in Plumbing (Water Sanitation and Hygiene) Torgil
  • Graduate Diploma of Midwifery VCNE

Vanuatu has not only the need to recruit more qualified persons in these areas (health, engineering, computing, advanced production, etc.), but also to be up-to-date with the unstoppable evolution of new technologies.

Industry visit to find skills gap

Industry visit to find skills gap

Photo - Industry visit at The Summit Vanuatu, with Jim, Owner of the South Pacific Sandalwood and President of Vanuatu Manufacturers and Exporter Association, 24th April 2017.

“Unemployment’s up, but I still can’t find the workers I need!” Sound familiar? It’s the skills gap – the gap between what employers need and what the job seekers are offering. Industry visit aims at having information about the industry sectors’ experiences, challenges, working environment, job procedures and work practices. Industry visit also aims at identifying skills gap within the industries in Vanuatu. 


The CSDU visited the following industries during the second quarter of 2017: APTC, Building Construction & Allied Association, Port Vila Efate Land Transport Association (PVELTA), Vanuatu Manufacturers & Exporters Association, TVET, Land Transport Authority (LTA), Department of Tourism, Diving Association, Small  commerce foods and vegetable cluster, Agribusiness (VCCI), PHAMA, Department of Agriculture & Rural Development, Department of Biosecurity, Beef Industry, Food Technology Development Centre & Analytical Unit, Department of Forestry, Department of Fisheries, Florabunda Florist, and many more. 


The CSDU had meetings with the Industry Skills Councils (ISCs) and Industry Experts Panel (IEP) including Media and Journalism IEP members, Nursing IEP members, Policing IEP members, Health and Community Services ISC.



Providers' registration


Courses' accreditation

The Quality Assurance and Compliance (QAC) unit has dealt with 104 intention to accredit applications. 

Thirty seven applications were approved and the providers are now developing their course. 

Sixteen courses were accredited by the VQA Board this quarter:

Vanuatu Agriculture College

  1. Certificate I in Agriculture (Nursery)

  2. Certificate I in Forestry (Nursery)

  3. Certificate I in Aquaculture

  4. Certificate I in Livestock (Poultry Management)

  5. Certificate II in Livestock (Husbandry)

St Michel Technical School

  1. 1.     Certificate I in Joinery, Furniture and Cabinet Making (Furniture Making)
  2. 2.     Certificate I in Automotive Engineering (Small Engine Servicing)
  3. 3.     Certificate I in Hospitality (Food and Beverages)

Vanuatu Institute of Technology

  1. 1.     Certificate II in Building and Construction (General Construction)

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  1. 1.     Certificate II in Finance (Accounting)
  2. 2.     Certificate III in Business (Micro business Operations)

Edwards Computer Foundation

  1. 1.     Certificate III in Computing (Hardware)
  2. 2.     Certificate III in Computing (Network)
  3. 3.     Certificate III in Computing (Support) 

VQA worked with Torgil RTC and VIT to develop:

  • Certificate I in Climate Change (Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction) a project from GIZ Vanuatu Climate Change

  • Certificate II in Plumbing (Water Sanitation and Hygiene - WASH) a project with VCAP.

VQA developed draft booklets for these two courses with the help of our Technical Adviser (Information and Marketing).



The office of the Quality Assurance and Compliance (QAC) Unit works with providers to ensure that they are registered with the VQA. Currently we have 27 providers who have been registered with VQA since 2014, which are:  

Name of Training Provider


Agape Rural Training Center (RTC)

North Pentecost

Australia Pacific Technical College (APTC)


Central School Second Chance Unit


Edwards Computer Foundation (ECF)


Fisher Young RTC

Vanualava, Torba

Listair Advent Training Institute

Lunganville, Santo

Londua Technical School

Nduidui, West Ambae

Lorakau RTC

Lenakel, Tanna

Lorovilko Rural and Ministry Training Center

East Santo

Lume Memorial RTC

Lenakel, Tanna

Matahi RTC

Malo, South Santo

Marven RTC


Narea RTC

North Maewo

Office of the Register of Cooperatives and Ni-Vanuatu Business


Onesua Presbyterian Technical College

North Efate

Pektel RTC

Lakatoro, Malekula

Pacific Vocational Training Center

Vila East, Port-Vila

Port-Vila International Bible School


St Michel Technical School

Luganville, Santo

Torgil RTC

Lolowai, East Ambae

Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI)


Vanuatu College of Nursing Education


Vanuatu Institute of Technology


Vanuatu Agriculture College


Vanuatu Institute of Teacher Education


Vanuatu Maritime College


Vanuatu Police College



VQA participated in the Capacity Development Workshop on Implementing National Qualifications Framework at Program Level

Photo - Participants, facilitators of the workshop and the Honorable Prime Minister of Samoa, March 2017


The Vanuatu Qualifications Authority, represented by its Chief Executive Officer, attended a capacity development workshop held in Tanoa Tusitala Hotel, Apia Samoa from 20 – 24 March 2017.


The workshop gathered 30 experts from throughout the Pacific Community to review the use of learning outcomes matched against level descriptors of NQFs. The meeting was jointly organized by UNESCO and the Samoa Qualifications Authority (SQA) with support from the Malaysia Funds-In-Trust (MFIT) and Republic of Korea Funds-In-Trust (KFIT). The aim of the capacity building workshop was to:


  • Support capacity building for quality assurance of lifelong learning in Pacific Small Island Developing States;

  • Train a pool of experts on quality audits in tertiary education, including TVET and higher education;

  • Build capacity to promote and effectively monitor quality lifelong learning based on NQF throughout the Pacific Community.


VQA consults with industry groups to ensure PSET courses are based on industry demands

Photo - Functional analysis workshop at VCNE with Health ISC, March 2017

Photo - Functional analysis workshop at VCNE with Health ISC, March 2017 

The Competency Standards Development Unit (CSDU) works with the Post-School Education and Training (PSET) providers to enhance the industry’s understanding of their role, and to ensure that the training delivered by the registered training providers are quality assured and highly responsive to industry’s existing and future skills needs.

It is therefore important for the CSDU to consult regularly with the Industry Skills Councils (ISCs).

The ISCs now play an important and increasing role in:

  • Providing advice to VQA and registered training providers (RTPs) on skills needs;

  • Engaging with VQA and RTPs in developing skills and training packages;

  • And assisting in competency standards development through functional analysis.

Consultation on first ever national Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Framework for Vanuatu

The Vanuatu National Training Council will be hosting for the first time a Consultation on the National Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Framework for Vanuatu. There will be two consultation for this Framework.

The First will be held in Port Vila this morning, the 27th of May in the Ministry of Education Conference Room. The other will be held in Lugaineville Santo on the 30th of May 2014.

Stake holders for the Northern Region will attend the consultation at Santo.


Plans for QMS Coaching

Plans for QMS Coaching Signed

The VQA is working with the TVET program, funded by the Australian Government, to assist training providers that have been suspended. Plans are underway to offer a coaching program, which will help them establish a quality management system (QMS) for their organisation. Having a QMS in place is one of the major requirements for being a Registered Provider.

VQA Act Passed

VQA Act Passed by Parliament

The Vanuatu Qualifications Authority Act was passed by Parliament on 2 May 2014. It must now be gazetted before it becomes law. When this happens, the Vanuatu National Training Council will officially change its name to the Vanuatu Qualifications Authority, and it will take responsibility for all post-school education and training in Vanuatu, not just for the technical and vocational education and training sector. 

Suspended and Cancelled Training Providers

Suspended and Cancelled Training Providers

The Council has suspended or cancelled the registration of more than a dozen Registered Training Providers that were operating in 2013. Click Cancelled and Suspended Training Providers to view.

National Consultation on the First Vanuatu National Qualifications Framework

12 November 2013 - National consultation on the first Vanuatu National Qualifications Framework (VNQF) with stakeholders from the Southern Provinces in Port Vila at the Ministry of Education Conference Room

15 November 2013 - National consultation on the first Vanuatu National Qualifications Framework (VNQF) with stakeholders from the Northern Provinces in Luganville, Santo, at the VNPF Conference Room.

The VNQF will eventually replace the National TVET Qualifications Framework (NTQF) and cover all post-school education and training (PSET), not just technical and vocational education and training (TVET).