Ginigoada graduates given chance to develop skills

Youth & Careers

Recent graduates of Ginigoada Foundation’s mobile and skills training programme have been provided opportunities to develop job-readiness skills and find work.
Jack Steven and Margaret Maino were among 1000 graduates who attained certificates in various life skill courses last month.
Steven, who completed a basic accounting course, has been with the National Identification Office for the past eight months, managing registration of identification cards, birth certificates and new citizens.
“Thank you to Ginigoada, and its partners, for helping young Papua New Guineans like me to be in a position to serve others and our country,” he said.
Maino was assisted by Ginigoada to find employment earlier this year as an administration assistant with the Ilimo Dairy Farm at 14-Mile, outside Port Moresby.
She handles administration, logistics and inventories. She was proud to be able to provide for her husband and four children.
“By helping me secure direct employment, Ginigoada gave me hope,” Maino said.
“After applying to countless companies since 2012, I had lost hope.
“I haven’t just been given a job, but also a new lease on life.”
The graduates undertook a one-month skills course last year in air-conditioning and refrigeration, tourism and hospitality, housekeeping, business management, computing, customer service, commercial cooking, welding, mechanical and electrical trades.
Australian High Commission representative Patricia Manley, during the graduation, said: “Australia is investing in Papua New Guinea to build a stronger, more-diversified economy and a healthy and productive workforce.
“Australia is proud to support young, emerging Papua New Guinean leaders at all levels.”
Australia’s support through the Papua New Guinea-Australia partnership to Ginigoada, facilitates the mobile and skills training programme in Port Moresby, Lae and Central.