Training project to cut expat dependence

TRAINING specialist Site Group International, Orion Project Services PNG and the Ipatas Foundation have agreed to launch a 4.5 million kina ($A2.2 million) pilot program to skill up 120 Engans over six months in the Philippines to meet industry labour shortages.
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SGI says it will provide residential training at its Philippines campus in the areas of heavy-diesel maintenance, construction and fabrication, plus camp services, cookery and logistics.

These students are expected to be placed with a selected employer to undergo further on-the-job training by January.

"The program will target areas of skills shortage in PNG with a goal of training locals to reduce the national dependence on imported (expat) labour," Australia-listed SGI said.

"The pilot group will also undertake leadership training as future leaders in their field."

Ipatas Foundation, founded by Enga governor Peter Ipatas, wanted training that was tied to employment outcomes.

"Too many of our people have not had the opportunity to participate in the major projects in this country and we are endeavouring to rectify that by sustainable long-term training programs tied to employment," Ipatas Foundation chairman Isaac Lupari said.

"As a country we must ensure that the opportunities are shared, but without pre-requisite skills this is difficult. In this program, we believe we can provide a solution."

"This strategic step by Ipatas, strongly supported by Orion, provides a path of certainty for PNG nationals to gain the necessary skills to participate in the construction and operation of PNG projects," SGI CEO and managing director Vernon Wills said.

"The long-term vision of the grand chief for Enga, governor Ipatas will provide for people to gain a pathway, qualification and experience to position them well going forward."

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