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Launch of South Pacific Employment Institute will help drive a skilful workforce

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Launch of South Pacific Employment Institute will help drive a skilful workforce

16th April 2015


Launch of South Pacific Employment Institute will help drive a skilful workforce


The South Pacific Employment Institute (SPEI) is launching a new training institute to help provide vocational skills to citizens in Papua New Guinea. This week, SPEI will launch in-country operations with a landmark training initiative, the INTEL Computer Literacy Program, ‘Easy Steps’.

The brand new training institute links industry directly to competency based training in order to drive meaningful employment in the region. The South Pacific Training Institute will deliver this initiative in partnership with the PNG Government, ASX Listed Site Skills Training, Intel and other “best in class” training providers which include Schlumberger’s NExT, awarded 2013-14 Worlds best Oil and Gas Training company.

The South Pacific Employment Institute (SPEI) is a Private Public Partnership (PPP) and is a first not only for Papua New Guinea but for the whole South Pacific area. The Institute has a modern ethos with a focus on creating an environment which develops competencies and real employment outcomes through running courses based on industry and client demand.

Orion coordinated training for 3,500 local people from the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project impact area and through the South Pacific Employment Institute (SPEI) will continue to manage the Port Moresby Construction Training Facility on behalf of the State of PNG.

SPEI will operate from the same purpose-built training facility but will offer a much wider range of training options for businesses including everything from computer literacy at entry level through to plans for the highest level of technical skills for the petroleum and gas sectors. 

Nick Smith, South Pacific Employment Insitute Director for the program said:

“We are encouraged by the response from industry and the projects and companies keen to work alongside SPEI for the benefit of their businesses and the people in the project areas. 

“This is a fresh modern collaboration of industry and government to improve the skills of the nation and ultimately improve unemployment figures and reduce reliance on foreign labour.  It can only happen with industry support, and thankfully there is no shortage of that to date. We will design the courses and bring in the experts to train where the industry demands.”

It is SPEI’s vision that, through the necessary training, a number of jobs which are currently provided to expatriates, will over time be undertaken by locals so they can benefit and participate in meaningful projects for Papua New Guinea.

Some of the trainees will be going from village life to large construction sites with international companies requiring the highest level of health, safety and environment standards. In order to prepare them for this change trainees will not only be provided with the necessary technical skills but, most importantly, softer skills such as health and safety awareness, work place relations and communication.

The Training Facility is open to all industries and has the capacity and resources to service any industry and across the education and population spectrum with a number of real and exciting initiatives such as the internationally renowned INTEL Computer Literacy Program, ‘Easy Steps’ which aims to provide necessary and liberating computer skills to all of those in the developing world.

SPEI is proud to announce the launch of its pioneering INTEL Easy Steps Program on the 20th of April when members of the Government, the ‘Digicel Foundation PNG’, the ‘WeCARe foundation’ and many others will attend the 2-day course at the purpose built SPEI facility in Porte Moresby.

Companies, NGO’s and Government bodies wishing to participate in sponsorship of staff, Teachers or communities should take up the opportunity to fund these programs as part of local content, community and humanitarian initiatives.