Wan PNG Platform Gains Momentum in Papua New Guinea: A Promising Journey

By: PNG Business News June 29, 2023

Lae, Papua New Guinea - The Wan PNG job marketing platform, in partnership with Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd (KPHL), is set to make its official debut next month, and anticipation is building around its potential to revolutionise the job market in the country. Dr. Evan Shellshear was in Lae in May alongside TotalEnergies, to present this visionary platform to local businesses. Businesses saw the capability of the platform and how the Wan PNG project is gaining more traction and support from various institutions and organisations, suggesting a prosperous future for Papua New Guinea.

The presentation in Lae highlighted the platform's primary focus on developing local skills through the creation of a national database, which will be shared with partnering institutions. By analysing the skills sought by employers and those possessed by job seekers, the Wan PNG platform aims to bridge the skill gap in PNG. The platform connects jobs seekers with skill requirements with institutions across the nation, as well as providing education organisations with essential data on the country's skill gaps, thereby guiding them in training individuals who can contribute effectively to local projects.

As mentioned in other publications in PNG Business News, an essential feature of the Wan PNG platform is its emphasis on national content. Only Papua New Guineans are eligible to register as job seekers, ensuring that the platform remains a platform for the locals. Rigorous verification procedures are implemented to maintain the authenticity of profiles, fostering a trustworthy environment for both job seekers and employers.

Another key capability presented at the event in Lae and under continuous development is the platform's accessibility, even in areas with limited internet connectivity. Wan PNG has been optimised to function seamlessly on devices with internet connections below 3G and is continuously evolving to enhance its reach. During the presentation, Dr. Shellshear also revealed that Wan PNG is working on integrating SMS communication capabilities, which will further broaden its accessibility.

As a part of the trip to Lae, the Wan PNG team also visited local training and education institutions, Lae Polytechnic and PNG University of Technology. The need for such a platform became clear after presenting it to the senior stakeholders in both organisations, where they could see the important gap the platform fills in providing recently graduated students with a pathway to finding a job in PNG. The Wan PNG team have been travelling to universities around the country signing up students to get them registered and connected with local employment opportunities.

Wan PNG thanks its sponsors Papua LNG, TWL and PNG Business News

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