In the remote Hela province of Papua New Guinea, obtaining a quality education is a daily challenge due to resource scarcity and the challenging geographical landscape, not to mention the local community is still on the road to recovery following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in early 2018.
While daunting, this challenge is not insurmountable particularly with the support of partners like ExxonMobil.
Having achieved a remarkable 86% rate of nationalization within its workforce within the first 5 years of operations, the company continues to seek ways to advance the impact of its operations on Papua New Guineans both within and outside its fence lines.
For Kewa Goi, Manu Moses and Albert Arawi their hopes of seeking employment in their province came to life when they were selected as apprentices to the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant (HGCP) operated by ExxonMobil PNG.
The apprenticeship program is a joint program between ExxonMobil PNG and HGDC Energy Services Limited (HESL) (a wholly owned subsidiary of Hides Gas Development Company) with the National Apprenticeship and Trade Testing Board endorsing the program.
The three apprentices are now attached with the HGCP Maintenance workshop and only know too well the challenges faced in their communities.
From Angore, Kewa Goi, said this apprenticeship is life changing for him. “I would like to thank ExxonMobil PNG and HESL for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime by training me to be a mechanic and also supporting our community and schools so others can get an education and a good job so they can provide for their families.”
Manu Moses who comes from Para, says looking for further education was never easy. “I would like to thank ExxonMobil PNG, HESL and the maintenance team for giving me this opportunity with an apprenticeship as a heavy equipment fitter. I struggled financially to further my education, my whole family and community are very excited and happy for me to get this training, so I will do my best with this opportunity.”
From Hides, Komo, Albert Arawi hopes to become a certified Auto electrician. “I’m also very eager to be part of the team and can make a difference to my life, families and the community and more importantly I hope I can make a big difference to create further opportunity for young people in the community.”
The four-year program will involve on the job training and offsite TAFE training in the first three years.
The future looks bright for these three apprentices and for trade skills training for the people of Hela.