By FRANK ASAELI of PNGPCL
PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) has engaged 44 students in all of its port offices for this year’s vacation employment programme.
Chief executive officer Brian Riches said: “This is designed to provide opportunities for students to gain valuable on-the-job skills and experience to enhance their studies and ability to gain employment after school.”
Mr Riches said it was important for the students to gain an income to finance their 2010 school year.
The students engaged, both females and males, were from between Grades 11 and final year university students.
PNG Ports gave preference mostly to new applicants and Grade 10 students over the age of 16 years but those who participated in previous vacation programmes were considered upon the availability of space.
PNGPCL managers were given the privilege to select appropriate candidates for their respective departments and ports according to allocated numbers.
The 2009 vacation employment programme has been designed as an annual programme and runs for 15 weeks from Oct 26 to Feb 5 every year.
However, students may cease employment before Feb 5 should they so wish.
PNG Ports has advised that parents and guardians must be willing to indemnify PNGPCL on any liabilities, usually in accidents and injuries during the cause of the vacation employment.
The students are also urged to undergo physical and mental fitness medical check at their own cost before being employed, although not compulsory,