The World Bank-run Urban Youth Employment Project (UYEP) aims to provide 17,500 disadvantaged urban youth in PNG's National Capital District with income from temporary employment opportunities and improve their long-term employability.
The initiative is in its second year of operation.
The PNG LNG JV made a three-year pledge to provide $900,000 to UYEP. The final and third annual contribution of $300,000 in 2013 will complete that commitment.
"Community investments that develop and advance young people in PNG, through programs like the Urban Youth Employment Project, are part of EHL's commitment to enhance social and economic opportunities in PNG," Esso Highlands Limited (EHL) corporate citizenship and community investment lead Shabaka Gibson said.
"We're very pleased to support the National Capital District in undertaking this important program, and look forward to continuing our support," he added.
Over the past two years, EHL has launched training centres in Port Moresby, and Juni in Hela Province, to teach Papua New Guineans the construction and technical skills needed to build and operate the PNG LNG Project.
Collectively, these centres have trained over 1600 people and employed many of them in various roles on the PNG LNG Project.