Total E&P PNG train Gulf villagers to crew ships
Nine young men and a woman are attending a 10 week training program for maritime cadets at the Pacific Maritime Training College in Port Moresby.
After completing the 10-week program, the cadets will undertake a six month long probationary work placement on coastal vessels in PNG waters.
This is the second group of maritime cadets to be sponsored by Total E&P PNG Limited.
The first group completed their training in 2016 and continue to work on shipping vessels on the Purari River.
The second group may benefit from similar opportunities, which is good news following the Papua LNG Project go ahead from the National Executive Council on Friday last week.
Whilst attending the Pacific Maritime Training College, the cadets are living on board a vessel owned and operated by Pacific Project Logistics (PPL) at Paga wharf in Port Moresby.
The PPL will support the program by accommodating the cadets and organising their probationary work placement on vessels.
At the end of their probationary period, successful cadets will receive their General Purpose Rating 2 certificate, qualifying them as seamen to work on vessels.
Total E&P PNG Limited selected the 10 cadets after receiving 97 applications from interested youths from nine different communities along the Purari River.
The screening resulted in 37 applicants being shortlisted after meeting the basic educational entry requirements.
The final selection involved visits by Total E&P PNG Limited workforce development department staff to nine communities along the Purari River.
Each of the 37 candidates also took a Medical Test and completed a Written Academic Test and Interview.
The team were very impressed and grateful for the warm welcome shown them by the people of the villages they visited.
The Total E&P PNG Limited staffers were very impressed with the quality of the candidates they interviewed.
Unfortunately many candidates did not pass the medical test and could not be admitted to the training program.
In addition to developing local businesses and support Health and Education services, Total E&P PNG Limited and its contractors will continue to prioritise the training and employment of workers who live in project area communities in Gulf province.