By Podi Vai, EMTV Cadet Journalist- student
A new Automotive Training Centre was launched on Thursday (17 November, 2018), in Port Moresby Technical College.
This is another initiative by a joint partnership of Port Moresby Technical College and the Australian Pacific Technical College (APTC).
This new facility cost more than 3 million Kina. It was built in partnership with the Australian and PNG Governments.
The centre will aim to improve the quality of technical education in PNG.
Port Moresby Technical College offers various trade courses to young people.
These courses include automotive, auto electrical and engineering trades.
The college has about 120 students.
With the new training centre, POM Tech is now looking forward to enrolling more school leavers who wish to be motor mechanics.
Meanwhile, the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister, Marise Payne is pleased with the increase of young women taking up the trade.
She says a centre like this is a valuable opportunity to challenge stereotypes by encouraging more women into fields previously dominated by the male students.