Over 400 youths who have undergone Life Skills Training and On the Job Training through the PNG Urban Employment Project, graduated today.
The youths mainly from the different settleMen’s in the city were selected to do public works that included cleaning up the city streets and job training with various companies in NCD.
The initiative has resulted in reduced crimes in some of the worse crime infested areas of the city.
Seated were the 434 youths from Kila Kila, Kaugere, Boroko, Morata, Tokarara and Hanuabada.
Most of them were grade 10 and grade 12 leavers who couldn’t continue in the formal education system.
Also presented were the contractors from the different companies who helped to secure places for the youths and the Acting Commissioner for the National Youth Commission, Norit Luio.
Each of the participants were presented with Certificates of Attainment after completing 40 days of on the job training with various companies, and attended 5 days Basic Life Skills Training.
NCDC as the implementing agency of the Urban Youth Employment Program has engaged youths in the Public Works Program that has seen over 350 youths with permanent jobs.
The Urban Youth Employment Program is a government initiative fully funded by the World Bank and Korean Aid.
The program has received praise from Community Leaders and Employers who have spoken highly of the youth’s positive outlook, and a second chance in life.
However, the program expires in April 2016, and following the review last week, it’s anticipated that the program will continue to impact the lives of disadvantaged youths.
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