Making A Dream Come True With TVET

Life is not about finding your true self, but creating who you wish to be.

This statement remains true for Roy Seresere, an alumni and current staff at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT), a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institution based in Port Vila.

Growing up in Napangasale Village on Tongoa Island, Mr. Seresere had always dreamt to become a qualified Mechanic to fix cars. As Seresere completed his Year 10 in 2014, he sprung to the opportunity to enrol in VIT’s mechanical courses. Unfortunately, the odds were not in his favor and he had to redirect his passion to ICT as there was no available space in the mechanics course. The ICT field was not a foreign subject to Roy as he had already participated in Computer Lessons during his Year 9 study at Londua Presbyterian College, on Ambae.

Without hesitation, Seresere and his father swiftly enrolled Roy’s name in Certificate I in Computing.

“That’s the great thing about TVET schools,” Seresere recalled. “There are many courses available for everyone. All you would need to do is choose one that best suits your interests.”

He completed the course in 2015, and later completed Certificate II in Computing the following year. Roy was also fortunate to undertake afternoon classes in Networking, which also added to his growing skills pocket.

As Seresere recalled his journey with VIT, he felt that he made the right choice to enrol in ICT and discover the wonders of computer software and networking.

Seresere currently works at VIT as the ICT officer, and available to assist any staff or students with their ICT issues. During the COVID-19 pandemic and the rate of online learning has increased in learning institutions, Roy’s skills became more valuable as VIT introduced its new Digital Learning Platform.

“Whenever the VIT internet connectivity or network fails, I am always available to assist in restoring that network or fix any computers,” he said.

Despite enjoying his job and implementing his newly acquired ICT skills, Seresere still hopes to enrol in the mechanical course and become a ‘Jack of all trades’.

Being an active youth member of Vanuatu and his home village in Napangasale, he is constantly reminding everyone to upskill through a TVET institution such as VIT.

“I see TVET courses as a promising pathway to job security and easier access to employment opportunities,” he said. “I encourage everyone to find a suitable course and create your own dream,”

Seresere is one of the many TVET alumni, who have pursued a promising career through TVET skills training opportunities available in Vanuatu. Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is the engine for developing the necessary skills for nation building.

This story is released as part of a Yumi Tokbaot TVET event which is planned for 31 March – 1 April 2022, at Seafront in Port Vila.