Three young ladies from SP Brewery and UMW Niugini received their Apprentice Extension 2 certificates in Electrical Mechanic from PNG Power Training College last weekend.

Kerrie Gawi and Shannen Tokasiou from SP Brewery and Lonetty Isaac from UMW Niugini were the only ladies among 52 trainees who received their apprentice certificates in electrical mechanics.

Kerrie and Shennen were the only ladies among over 50 males in their engineering departments at SP Brewery Port Moresby and Lae while Lonetty was the only female who worked among 25 male electricians at UMW in Port Moresby.

The ladies were among 26 male who graduated with Apprentice Extension 2 certificates from the apprenticeships program and another 23 young men who graduated with certificates in Competency Based Training Level 1.

They were sent by their organisations to PNG Power Training College and trained in electrical mechanics for 8 weeks.

Kerrie said they learnt many new things in electrical and mechanical engineering and it gave them confidence in what they could do for their organisations.

“We thank SP Brewery and UMW Niugini for supporting us and bringing us this far and we are confident that we will go back and give our best and help our seniors and other work mates to improve and meet our targets,” she said.

“We are grateful for PNG Power for the opportunity to excel in our career and we are willing to come back if our organisations approve PNG Power to train us on the next stages,” Kerrie said.

PNG Power Training College Manager Camilus Liaia said the ladies were very active in their training and performed really well with their counterparts.

“On behalf of the management and staff of PNG Power Ltd, I thank the sponsors and organisations for sending the ladies to train at the college. I believe that they will deliver in their organisations as expected,” Mr Camilus said.

The college is currently enrolling students for Competency based training in level 1, 2 & 3 and is also conducting apprenticeship extension block courses for level 1, 2, and 3.

The college is also is in the process of registering other trade areas in Diesel mechanics, Power Station Technicians, Lines mechanic and Machine Fitting Machining and will continue to provide these training in close consultation with National Apprentice Trade Testing Board.