40 Auki youths graduate in youth@work phase 1
FORTY youths of Auki have received their certificates of completion of the Youth@Work phase 1 programme under the South Pacific Commission (SPC).
Group leader of the SPC office in Auki, Whitlam Saeni, said these youths have undertaken relevant work trainings in work etiquette, resource training, mentoring and basic business training respectively to perform in any work or study programme and how to be young successful entrepreneurs.
“The 40 youths that we are witnessing their graduation today have complete their small business component programs and the internship part time youths where they have completed their 15 weeks of internship.
“I congratulate their achievements in their two years of commitment with SPC.
He thanked the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for its support through funding of the Youth@work programmes in Auki.
Natalia Hong, representing DFAT, Highlighted that DFAT is the main donor towards Youth@work programmes in the Pacific.
“It’s an achievement as you have completed the journey that you have gone through for the past two years.
“the Australian government in 2016 recognise the needs of the youths in our provinces and expands Youth@work tour programmes in our provinces including Gizo and Auki.
“I acknowledge the hard working staff here in Auki, volunteers and trainers for their time effort and commitment towards youth programmes.
“As the donor partner DFAT continues its commitment ensuring that these programmes will be working partnership with the government and right down to our communities.
“Youth@work have shown a pathway for youths to achieve success and access opportunities for youths.”
Provincial youth coordinator Malaita province, Francis Samo urges all the graduates to set an example for other youths using what they have learnt.
“I believe you are well equipped with informations and skills form all trainings and activities that you have gone through.
“Make use of them and utilise those knowledge and skills in your work places or in businesses.
“The Malaita provincial government will render its support towards Youth@work programs here in malaita province.”
The graduation took place at the Mala motel yesterday.