Nature Park trains over 100 students

Education

THE Port Moresby Nature Park continues to provide on-the-job training and internship programmes for over 105 university students over the last seven years.
Of the 105, more than 50 percent have come from the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG).
General manager Michelle McGeorge said: “The Nature Park takes very seriously its role as the leader in tourism, conservation and research and as such we are able and happy to provide students with the opportunity for learning and development.
“It is wonderful for students to come and utilise the park and we will continue to do this into the future,” she said.
Most of the students come from disciplines of business administration, humanities and the sciences and are placed within departments such as wildlife, horticulture, guest relations, marketing and education. Currently engaged at the Nature Part are three interns from UPNG, one from Mapex Training Institute and three from Port Moresby Business College.
All are in the marketing and guest relations departments of the park developing valuable skills to assist them in the workplace in future employment.
Kimberly Hoko who is a final year strategic management major from UPNG said: “This has been a great learning curve for me. I’ve learnt so much about how a world class tourism attraction is run and it’s wonderful to see how motivated the staff are and committed they are to training us.”
Port Moresby Nature Park remains committed to its core goals which includes education, conservation and research as it will continue to provide more learning opportunities for students next year and into the future.

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