Australia supports World Bank to help young Papua New GuineansStaff writer ▼ | March 10, 2016
A World Bank-supported program providing thousands of young Papua New Guineans with life skills and employment training has been extended to 2018.
Employment training Australia provided additional funding support of $10.8 million
Australia’s support will enable the Urban Youth Employment Project (UYEP) to impact on the lives of up to 15,000 more unemployed young people by 2018 to help them find positive long-term employment. Over 8,000 Papua New Guineans have already participated in the project since it began in 2011.
While expanding existing project activities to reach more young people, the additional funding will enable the project to increase the number of literacy and numeracy trainings and improve outreach to women.
Internal surveys of UYEP participants conducted by the World Bank indicate that the vast majority (80 percent) of participating young people believe the project has empowered them to become better persons in their communities, by boosting their self-confidence, and enhancing their employability.
More than half (60 percent) of community leaders also report a perception of less crime in their communities as a result of the project.
Over 30 percent of UYEP-trained graduates say they received offers of full-time employment after completing their five-month on-the-job training as part of the project. ■