The National, Mondy 14th November 2011
By JUNIOR UKAHA
HARD work, dedication and self-discipline have paid off for six students who graduated with certificates in environment management on Friday at the Hide Away Hotel in Port Moresby.
Sera Pyawa, Francis Gende, Ninning Jal, Brenda Gubag, Carolyn Kumul and Willie Dus are the first intake under the Eco Services graduate development programme to successfully complete their training.
Eco Services principle, Felix Kipalan, said the programme was an intensive six months training and was designed to impart hands-on skills to students in areas of environment management, auditing and monitoring.
He said three of the trainees – Gende, Dus and Kumul – were offered jobs by mining companies while still on training.
He said that spoke a lot about the quality of training the students had been getting during their time with the firm.
He said among other things, the trainees learnt courses in chemistry, biology, hydrology, meteorology, industrial software and environmental management systems.
He said the mining and energy industries absorbed only 10 environmental science students a year for the programme but his organisation had trained six, which he claimed was 60% of what the industries trained.