SKILLS training in the hospitality industry will be part of the Port Moresby City Mission’s schedule at the New Life Skills training centre in the Bootless Bay area, east of Port Moresby.
The centre caters for improving the lives of disadvantaged young men in Port Moresby with special skills training in agriculture, livestock, trades, literacy and numeracy. The training in hospitality was made possible through the Lihir Gold Limited assistance in funding a new Coffee Haus on the location which was constructed during the past 12 months by the young men themselves who reside at the centre. LGL CEO Arthur Hood said they were pleased to support the Coffee Haus project as it provided underprivileged youth with practical on the job training and an opportunity to kick start a new career in the hospitality industry. Adding on to this, the LGL corporate communications manager Josie Brophy said K1.5 million that was given as assistance for the projects over three years have reaped a huge difference in the lives of the people and was also proud to be part of the project. The young men taking part in the programme will be assisted by other business houses in Port Moresby with hospitality skills training for the running of the coffee shop. This will also bring a service to those tired commuters along the Magi Highway a chance to take a breather and revitalise themselves after long hours on the highway.
City Mission chairman Mal Rolf was glad to see the project eventuate as it had been in planning for a number of years. City Mission manager Pr John Reesink thanked LGL and added that there were a lot of beneficial things happening in the community and this would not have been possible without the donors.