By ROSELYN ELLISON
EAST New Britain has welcomed a training institute with the opening of a Mapex Training Institute (MTI) campus in Kokopo last Friday.
The MTI Kokopo campus will cater for students from the New Guinea Islands.
During the opening ceremony, MTI chief executive director Marcus Kara said Mapex Training and Consultancy was started in 2004 to provide educational opportunities for rural and urban people.
He said Mapex Training and Consultancy had initially trained people to write proposals for grants and to support community development planning.
“Mapex has been actively participating in community outreach programmes to meet some of the Vision 2050 pillars, especially on social and economic development and human capital development,” he said.
Kara said Mapex had been engaged by various local, regional and multi-national organisations – Ok Tedi, Caritas, New Zealand, Porgera Joint Venture, PNG Customs and National Capital District Commission to help them develop and deliver community-based programmes.
He said in 2015, the issue of technical skills shortage in the areas of technical vocational education training (Tvet) had been at the forefront.
Kara said to help address the shortage of skilled and semi-skilled workers at the national level, he decided to set up MTI in Port Moresby.
The courses offered were plant and motor vehicle operator, business studies, commercial cookery, flight attendant and in-flight cabin crew training, tourism and hospitality and government studies.
“We help meet the demand for education from grassroots, especially youths and school leavers, from all over PNG,” Kara said.
MTI has campuses in Lae, Port Moresby, Wewak and Kokopo.
Kara said MTI had plans to establish a campus in Vanimo, West Sepik.
Kokopo mayor Benjamin Mesmin Murliu thanked Kara for choosing Kokopo to open his school.
Murliu said the establishment of MTI in Kokopo would add value to the Kokopo-Vunamami urban local level government in terms of education capacity building.
Murliu said the establishment of MTI Kokopo would bring about great development to ENB.
By ROSELYN ELLISON