Empowering youth and women to promote decent work employment and supporting quality construction works in rural Papua New Guinea

The training is the first of five batches to be conducted this year for a target of 150 trainees from East Sepik and Sandaun provinces.

@FAO/Kelvin Sogoromo


EU Funded UN Joint STREIT PNG Programme, as part of its mission to strengthen local capacity for quality transport infrastructure works in Sepik Region, organised a skill training and capacity development course for 30 youths and women, pulled from different parts of East Sepik Province, on construction of stone masonry and gabion retaining structure that are critical for professional and quality construction works.

Led by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in partnership with by the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Centre in Wewak, the training aims to promote decent work employment for rural youth and women who lack in-demand practical qualifications in the area.

The knowledge and skills taught during this course also help the trainees to qualify as skilled manpower, which in turn strengthens the locally available skilled labour capacity to support the road construction and development sector in the region.

This partnership in co-organising the training also serves as a capacity development vehicle to further strengthen and enable TVET to design, develop and implement enhanced skill development services to the community members, securing the sustainability of the Programme’s support interventions when the EU-STREIT PNG concludes its activities in the Region.  

In attendance were nine young women participants who were looking forward to learn as much as they can from this seven-days intensive training module that concluded on 29 March 2022.

Construction of stone masonry and gabion retaining structures with a particular focus on foundation of structures, dressing, bond stone, insertion of chips, joints, mortar, weep holes, pointing and plastering, assembling of gabion, placing, filling with stones, lacing and bracing, test and acceptance were amongst the main topics covered during this training.

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