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PNG University students secure jobs in New Zealand

SIX students from Papua New Guinea University of Technology’s Timber and Forestry Training College in Lae, Morobe, have secured three-year employment contracts in New Zealand.
Principal Vagi Lovo announced this achievement at its 39th graduation yesterday in which 32 students graduated.
The six students are Desmond Simbi, Gerhard Komndi, John Poka, Keith Ken, Norbert Gori and Bobby Oraing.
Lovo said an official from Redco Forest Management Company based in Auckland, New Zealand, flew into Lae and interviewed the students.
He said the company was determined to employ 20 students from Fiji and 10 from PNG, however, after interview, only six were selected.
Their passports and visas are currently being prepared.
Lovo said the company wanted to recruit more students from PNG and it was highly likely 20 would be selected next year.
The 32 graduates this year acquired certificates in solid wood downstream harvesting and processing, timber felling and log scaling, conventional saw milling, saw doctoring, small sawmills and rural timber preservation, wood technology timber treating, wood machining and furniture manufacturing.
The college also offers short courses designed to upskill workforce in all spectrums of the industry.
It graduated another 32 students after eight weeks of training earlier this year
The college was established as Timber Industry Training College on Nov 6, 1979, focusing mainly on training and imparting timber and log downstream processing skills. The National/ONEPNG
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