From Fr. Ambrose Pereira
Port Moresby, August 11, 2023 – Don Bosco Technical School (DBTS) Gabutu is striving to build partnerships with industry and ensure that its students who have completed their training are gainfully employed. A presentation program was held on the 11th of August that involved Total Energy and DBTS.
Present for the occasion were Total Energies personnel Jean-Marc Noiray, and Marie-Alix Dognin together with Mr Martin Dai, principal, Fr Ambrose Pereira, Spiritual Moderator, Br Philip Hwang, Administrator, staff, and students.
Earlier in June, Don Bosco Technical School (DBTS) entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with TotalEnergies EP PNG (TEP PNG) as operator of the Papua LNG Project, to receive assistance through a scholarship program.
The program was rolled out last month, with scholarships available to students studying technical trades at DBTS and the event on the 11th of August, was an opportunity for the team at TEP PNG to meet the Ninety (90) successful scholarship recipients.
In addition to the ninety (90) currently enrolled students who were offered scholarship opportunities this year, the program is set to offer spots to a second cohort of 90 students next year.
TEP PNG is once again excited to partner with another technical institution, to work towards one of the pillars of the National Content strategy of the Project: Workforce Development.
Priority for scholarship spots will be given to students from Gulf province and then extended to other provinces, to work towards optimizing opportunities for young Papua New Guineans, who may be eligible to roles during the construction and production phase of the Project and beyond.
TEP PNG Managing Director Jean-Marc Noiray explained at the MOU signing that priority is given to students from the Gulf because a lot of the youth often miss out on great chances.
“I do believe that every human being is born with the same amount of potential and some are lucky enough to develop it whilst others are not,” he said.
He further reminded the students at the event today to use their educational opportunities to be exemplary community members, further encouraging them to register with the WAN PNG job portal once they have graduated from their courses to ensure that their skills are utilized.
TEP PNG made an earlier commitment to donate Information Technology equipment to Don Bosco, to be used by the students in workshops for practical use and this was done so today.