Young people account for almost half the population of PNG, and comprise a large part of the urban poor. In the capital, Port Moresby, there are more than 40,000 unemployed young people, many have missed out on completing their education due to their life circumstances and do not have the necessary skills for entry-level jobs. Long-term unemployed young people often find themselves involved in petty crime to support themselves.
To provide new opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Port Moresby, the Urban Youth Employment Project provides training to improve young people’s chances of obtaining jobs. The project is also helping provide short-term jobs to help participants earn an income and gain much-needed employment experience.
Since it began in 2011:
- more than 15,000 young people have participated in the project, 40% of them women.
- participants have completed more than 360,000 combined work days;
- 35% of young people who have graduated from the project’s on-the-job training program have then gone on to receive an offer of a paid job.