Fifty get certificates in food catering

Normal, Papua

The National, Monday July 29th, 2013

 FIFTY food catering cadets have graduated under the training of local chef Wai Havoame.

Wai, the chief trainer for Gouno Grassroots Catering Service, said it was the sixth batch of trainees in the 2013 programme.The next intake is in December. 

“This training is under the National Capital District training programme with a funding for K15,000,” Wai said.

“We had three different weeks of training and this is a combined graduation.”

Wai said he was trying to help the trainees get attachments with organisations.

He said it was a big challenge to establish connections with employers.

“We only provide trainings, issue certificates and references,” he said. 

But he was happy that those who graduated earlier had proved to their employers the skills they had learnt were worth it.

“So they in a way have set a legacy for the ones who are going out now in job market, with favourable chances of obtaining jobs,” he said.

Assistant trainer Elsie Wai said Gouno wanted to provide a second chance in life for school leavers wandering on the streets and jobless individuals by equipping them with basic skills to earn a living.

“I request the Government to look into this and provide land which would accommodate training facilities, additional funds to supplement NCD Governor Powes Parkop’s funding,” she said.

“This programme is in line with the Government’s plan to empower youths and mothers so more funds must be allocated.”

Parkop’s representative Justine Alu said NCDC not only funded catering services training but other programmes such as the ones at the Limana Vocational Centre and Don Bosco Technical Secondary School. 

He urged Wai to work with Parkop to help develop the city’s human resource.