PUMA Energy PNG Limited yesterday (10/08/17) saw 43 process operators at its Napanapa Refinery in Port Moresby signing tripartite apprenticeship indenture contracts with the National Apprenticeship and Trade Testing Board (NATTB).
In congratulating the apprentices, Puma Energy country general manager Jim Collins said the event was a special occasion as having 43 apprentices indicated the company’s commitment to developing its people and ensuring a quality and qualified workforce in PNG.
Collins thanked NATTB for working with them on the processes involved in the training scheme.
He added that though still in its infancy, the scheme would never have come to fruition had it not been for NATTB’s guidance.
Collins encouraged the apprentices to persevere through challenges and to be committed to their training and studies as it would be tough for them since the apprenticeship was aimedat only producing the best of the best. And he hoped that all apprentices would make it through to the end.
NATTB representative Arthur Geno thanked the Puma Energy management and requested that both parties continue their dialogue for more skills training.
He also encouraged apprentices to make good use of the opportunity for their betterment as it was an investment from all three parties involved. Among the apprentices was Marie Malaga, the only female participant.
Malaga was grateful to Puma Energy for giving her the opportunity to receive the training and said that this was a huge achievement for her.
Also echoing Malaga’s sentiments was apprentice Jack Simon who said the event was also a highlight in his career. Simon added that he would do his best in the training as it was an opportunity not to be missed.
The contract signing between Puma Energy, NATTB and the apprentices is a four-year contract which actually started in 2015.
The contract ensures that the apprentices will receive global standard training and attain a globally recognised certificate at the end of the programme in 2018.
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The Hela Provincial Health Authority Board (PHA) appointed Dr James Kintwa as the Acting Chief Executive Officer recently.
PHA Board also welcomed Dr Anthony Wal as the Director of Curative Services and engaged seven new doctors with skills across a broad range of medicine.
Hela PHA Chairman Peter Botten said recently that PHA was relying on volunteer doctors to provide essential health services to a population of over 300,000 people and he is pleased with the progress of having a highly skilled team to develop PHA.
“It was only 18 months ago that we were facing a crisis where we had no executive team, no systems and only one government funded medical officer.
After a short period of time we now have a highly capable executive team, strong governance systems and seven doctors funded from within PNG government systems including two female doctors. This is a great outcome for the people of Hela,” Mr Botten said.
He thanked Dr Robert Paralu who was the lone doctor at Tari for many months until others arrived to provide much needed support.
He said commend Oil Search Foundation for working in partnership with PHA in providing good package in attracting professionals over to Hela.
The Hela PHA team is also determined to provide a positive and fun working environment so that people enjoy their work and have opportunities for social engagement.
Gynecologist Dr Lissing Hames said that it has been a privilege to work at the Hela Provincial Hospital where “there is a positive team based approach, great support and the opportunity to learn and develop new skills”.
The new acting CEO, Dr Kintwa brings a wealth of health and leadership experience to Hela. Previously the CEO of the Mt Hagen Hospital and of the Western Highlands PHA, Dr Kintwa understands the challenges and opportunities in delivering health services across an entire province and has the experience to further develop Hela’s newly created PHA.
Meanwhile there is challenge in Hela rural Health service due to lack of funding with PHA undertaking a rural health audit to determine the highest priorities for health services and will work with Government to improve the flow of funding.