WanPNG: The Skills Development and Jobs Platform for the People of Papua New Guinea

by PNG Business News - March 27, 2023

Wan PNG is a platform and community dedicated to expanding opportunities for local Papua New Guineans. Its goal is to increase the development and sustainable employment of local PNG talent, so everyone in our great nation can share in newfound resources and growing prosperity.

With the goal of empowering individuals and businesses with the skills and people they need to succeed in the 21st century world, the Wan PNG platform spans three core areas for job seekers:

  • Employment opportunities: Gain experience with internships, start earning with entry positions, or upgrade your career with the next big job.
  • Career advice: Advance your career with expert advice and professional resources, and stay up-to-date on the latest news.
  • Education and training: Expand your employment prospects by upgrading your knowledge, skills, and competencies through courses.

For employers it provides:

  • Free access to upload jobs and find the best talent.
  • Smart matching between jobs and candidates.
  • Diversity promoting candidate suggestions reaching a wide pool of talent.

The platform's primary objective is to promote lifelong learning and employment and simultaneously bridge the skills gap in Papua New Guinea by providing accessible training opportunities to all its citizens. WanPNG believes that by investing in the development of its people, Papua New Guinea can unlock its full potential and become a more prosperous nation.

WanPNG is now available for job seekers and employers. Visit the website now at www.wanpng.com to learn more.

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