The 14th National Capital District (NCD) Schools Career Expo is currently underway in Port Moresby.
More than 20 exhibitors from both government and privately owned institutions are participating in the event.
The 2016 NCD Schools Career Expo is an annual event organised by a group of guidance teachers from various schools around the nation’s capital.
Starting in 2003, its aim is to provide pathways for Grade 12’s to further their education and seek employment in both government and privately run institutions.
Students from 22 schools across NCD attended the exhibition.
Career Expo Chairperson, Keuts Vui-Neuendorf, said with the theme ‘Knowledge is Power’, the aim is to provide knowledge to all Grade 12 students in NCD so that they have information to decide for them what career path they would like to take.
NCD Education Department Guidance Officer, Elise Tauyeu, said the event continues to grow.
“It is getting bigger and bigger because the population of Grade 12 in NCD is increasing as well,” she said.
Through this event many school leavers were empowered to pursue further education in these institutions, and secure job placements in the country and overseas.
Also exhibiting at the event was the PNG Defence Force Education Team led by Major Paul Ageva, who emphasise the importance of their recruitment process.
NCD Education Department Guidance Officer, Patrick Aoen, said involving the disciplinary forces, like the Correctional Service, Police and DefenCe Force will be an advantage to lead young people forward.
Private institutions include the Asia Pacific Institute of Applied Social Economic and Technical Studies (APIASETS), Pacific Flying School based in Fiji, Datec Training Centre, International Training Institute, and Absolute International Education Experts.
APIASETS Executive Director, Thomas Pillar, who spoke on behalf of the privately run institutions, said private institutions including APIASETS are targeting students who do not make it to universities and colleges.
Government institutions exhibiting are the University of Papua New Guinea, Jubilee University, Pacific Adventist University, University of Goroka, Port Moresby Business College, Port Moresby Technical College, and Sacred Heart Teachers College.
Jubilee University Marketing and Publicity Officer, Zitah Bais, said Jubilee is a recognised institution by the government that offers diploma and degree courses to school leavers.
The event continues until the end of this week.