By NAOMI WASE
ABOUT 900 youths from the National Capital District Commission’s urban youth employment project (UYEP) will be employed at the FIFA Under-20 Women’s soccer World Cup next month.
A total of 1000 were handed over to the FIFA local organising committee (LOC) yesterday for training to prepare them to work during the event. Pacifica Ltd will facilitate the training for five weeks and the LOC will do the selection.
Pacifica Ltd operations manager Paul Joseph told The National that the youths would be trained in time management, safety at work, customer service, communications and general work.
“We are looking at around 900 youths so those who are not presentable and employable after the training will be eliminated,” Joseph said.
Speaking at the handover programme, UYEP project manager Tom Gilis told the youths that they were privileged and fortunate to take part in the event.
“You must look clean, smart, stop bad behaviours, obey instructions, be honest and be punctual,” Gilis told them.
NCD Governor Powes Parkop in a text message said: “We must make the city safe for women and girls to make the champions become our ambassadors once they leave PNG.
“Best memories and best impression of Papua New Guinea, our people, our culture and our country as a destiny.”
PNG Football Association (PNGFA) senior vice-president Linda Wonuhali urged the youths to help make the event a success.
“Think about how best you can do this work,” Wonuhali said.
She said it was a big project and Papua New Guinea would host teams from 15 countries next month.
Wonuhali urged the youths to take the training seriously in order to be able to do the work.
Pacifica Ltd director David Newton thanked LOC for giving them the chance to train and prepare the youths. He told the youths that the training timeline was strict and tight so they had to follow and respect it.
Newton said that means the youths have to be abide by the rules.
Training starts today at the Taurama Aquatic Centre in Port Moresby.
By NAOMI WASE