Don Bosco Technical Centre, Alafua


Don Bosco Technical Centre offers a “second chance” to around 180 young Samoan and Tokelauan men.  Many of these young men have struggled to successfully complete or continue in mainstream schooling.


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The centre offers 2 year and 4 year trades training courses, specialising in the areas of welding, motor mechanics, woodwork, electronics and plumbing. More than 85% of the gratuates are able to obtain secure employment following their time at Don Bosco. Graduates who migrate to New Zealand and Australia, have also been successful in securing work within their trade.  Without their years at Don Bosco many of these young men would have risked a life-time of vulnerability, poverty and unemployment. 

The overall programme emphasises trades training, religious formation, academic studies, and cultural awareness. The main focus is ensuring hands on experiences in our workshops, as well as a strong engagement in a variety of sporting and cultural activites. Being a Salesian centre, we offer an many active opportunities for prayer and liturgy. 

The Salesian community at Alafua is also the base for the formation of Samoan young men who are contemplating becoming Salesians, whilst also studying at universities and colleges in the capital, Apia.

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