Former PNG Prime Minister visits SkillsTech Australia

SkillsTech Australia has contributed $15 billion to the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in Papua New Guinea (PNG). PNG energy industry leader, former Prime Minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu recently visited SkillsTech Australia to tour the state-of-the-art facilities. On his tour, he met the team training PNG students to work on the LNG project.

“It was an honour that Sir Rabbie took time out of his busy schedule to visit SkillsTech Australia,” said SkillsTech Australia Acting Institute Director Simon Pritchard.

“Our role is to provide course and curriculum frameworks, ‘train the trainer’ services, and direct training consultancy to support the training of construction workers to service the $15 billion PNG LNG Project.

“As the chairman of various mining and advisory boards in PNG, Sir Rabbie was very interested to see first-hand what our training is providing for such a substantial project for his country.

“We are providing training to more than 2000 Papua New Guinean trainees in areas such as construction, mechanical and piping trades, and scaffolding for the project. It is expected painting, insulation, and electrical training will be delivered to approximately 200 more Papua New Guineans in PNG by the end of 2011.

“It was wonderful to showcase our facilities and for the former PNG PM to meet the team working on the project and to discuss further opportunities in his country.

“The $15 billion PNG LNG Project has generated approximately $6 million for our institute and the Queensland economy, and will continue to be an important project for Queensland into 2012 and beyond.”

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