Young people account for almost half the population of PNG, and comprise a large part of the urban poor. In the PNG 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 their daily living.
To provide new opportunities for disadvantaged youth in Port Moresby, the Urban Youth Employment Project is providing training to improve young people’s chances of obtaining jobs. The project is also helping provide short-term jobs to help urban youth obtain income and employment experience.
Since it began in 2011, more than 8,000 young people have participated in the project, 40% of them women. They have completed more than 360,000 combined work days, and 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.