For many businesses in Papua New Guinea, access to a skilled workforce remains a challenge.
To resolve this issue, many companies are now taking it upon themselves to train their workforce, particularly in specialised fields.
One such company is Puma Energy PNG.
Last week, Puma began their partnership with the National Apprenticeship Trade Testing Board (NATTB) to start training for process operators at their Napanapa Refinery.
The first batch of 43 process operators signed their indenture contracts last week which marked the start of their training program.
Certification from their training, according to NATTB, will be recognised globally.
According to Puma Energy PNG Country Manager, Jim Collings, this is one way of up-skilling its workforce to meet the demands that an operation like the refinery facility at Napanapa would need in years ahead.