700 graduate from training institute with life skills

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THE Mapex Training Institute’s Goroka campus in Eastern Highlands held its first graduation on Wednesday, graduating 700 students in the fields of plant equipment, motor vehicle operation and business studies.
The graduation was held at the Goroka Sunrise Four Square church with students from Southern Highlands, under the sponsorship of Governor William Powi, constituting the largest number of graduates with 200.
Southern Highlands technical vocational education technical (Tvet) consultant Don Waniel, who delivered the keynote address, said Powi had set aside K20 million for Tvet programmes this year.
He said Mapex Training Institute was the leading trading partner to impart skills training for their students. “Under the Tvet programme, Southern Highlands students will have three years of training with Mapex Training Institute,” he said.
“Tvet is the master key that unlocks educational, social and economic development of this country.
“It gives a second chance to drop outs or those with little formal education to pursue their dreams.”
Waniel said Powi’s commitment would continue with a second batch of students expected to arrive in Goroka next week.
Mapex Training Institute representative Bafike Kongrui said the institute came to identify and design courses according to the needs identified of communities and businesses.
He said the Government needed to devise policies for life skills to be captured through Tvet in PNG.
Marcus Palem Kara from Mapex Training Institute said in his speech that the primary focus of the institute was to provide alternative education for students who had been pushed out of the formal education system.
He said since the establishment of the Institute in 2015 universal basic education has been imparted to students under Tvet sector.


  • After graduating from this technical institution and other TECHNICAL VOCATIONAL EDUCATION (T VET) Centers around the country. It is pleasant to have certificate, diploma document, and degree for employment purpose. But actually, our government is indirectly chasing away the investors by not processing the license for running businesses in PNG. Government is highly appreciated by its support in education in terms, such as HELP Scheme and Tuition Fee Free Policy, that is, just like throwing the arrow into the unknown destination. Because, there is limited job opportunity in this country.

  • Congrats for the milestone achievement the question now is do we have enough job opportunities engagement.

  • Well done Mapex Training Institute. Mapex have the skilled, experienced and well paid qualified academic staff compared to Kumul Training Institute who advertise TVET courses like but Kumul Training Institute does not have or own the machines and no proper teaching and learning facilities in all it’s locations worst is in POM and Lae.

  • Well done, Don through your initiative, you gave a second chance in life to our son and daughters of southern Highlands, thanks to the hon governor powi administration.

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