Training for unemployed youth


The PNG Life Education Institute has been providing life skills and small-to-medium enterprise (SME) training for unemployed youths and school leavers in National Capital District, business development manager Rai Gini says.
“More than 8000 unemployed youths and school leavers have gone through this programme,” he said.
“It has been confirmed that 75 per cent are direct beneficiaries with permanent employment opportunities with various companies.”
Programmes developed and delivered by the institute were industrial-relevant courses.
SME and formal employment opportunities were two career pathways the institute had developed.
With the aim of making SME become model for this country, its pathway development was to increase participation of citizens in business activities for SME development to create more young entrepreneurs.
Gini said the human resources development programme would foster an effective delivery mechanism and vehicle for unemployment issues.
He said it would also provide SME policy under coordination of the SME Corporation.
Single mother Bernadine Apini, from Mekeo in Central, took the SME course and found it very useful to start her own business.
“I have grown-up children who are working and can provide for me,” Apini said.
“But I don’t want to burden them.
“When I heard about this institution, I came and registered because I want to be self-reliant.
“I have learnt many things and when I am certified, I will go to my village and start up a bakery.”
Victor Dinunu, from Rigo in Central, did not complete his grade 10 but was now an administration officer because of the institute.
“I was a village boy and when I heard of this institution, I came here and enrolled,” he said.
“I am now employed by the institution.”

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