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Project Wok gives school leavers opportunity to advance careers

By Rayon Lakingu – EMTV News, Port Moresby


The Project Wok Program provides face to face training and individual coaching and support for youth, within a working environment.

For the last two months, school leavers have been engaged in a series of workshops, learning skills on how to write resumes, job search strategies and interview techniques.

The Workshop also includes intensive one on one coaching from Kina Bank Staff.

The first batches of students were presented with certificates from Kina Bank Chief Executive Officer, Greg Pawson, who was delighted to see the students doing so well, after two months of training.

“One of the key elements of the program moving forward too, will be to approach our business banking customers, around running the sort of work job expo, so that they have an opportunity to talk to the students about what opportunities they may have as employers, for these students to get jobs in the future,’ Kina Bank CEO Greg Pawson said.

The Project Wok is delivered in partnership with Project Yumi, a non-profit charity organization, and with the help of Kina bank, Project Yumi has been able to provide resources students need, free of charge.

Project YUMI President, Dawn Robinson said, The partnership between Kina Bank and Project YUMI aimed to ensure students have the right skill sets to build their career.

” These graduates will be invited to participate in work experience programs, that will be looking to design with the Kina Bank business customers and also internships, so they actually do have not just the skills to be able to help them to find that right opportunity for them as part of their career. But also give them some experience on the ground working in businesses and industries that they’re interested in and in the types of roles and departments that they’ve identified that are their preferences for their future career,” Project YUMI President said.

As the program is in its pilot phase, it is available to children of Kina Bank Staff, who have completed grade 10 and 12 in recognized schools and colleges.

The program will be expanded in 2019 across schools in Port Moresby for eligible students to apply.


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