The PNG Power Limited Training College was accredited on June 5, 2018 by the PNG National Apprentice Trade Testing Board to offer Electrical Level 3 Training courses.
This makes PNG Power one of the only two Training providers with the required facilities in the country able to offer this course.
Manager Organisational Development, Mr Andrew Kavanamur said the accreditation to run Electrical Level 3 trainings at PNG Power Training College was a milestone achievement for the organizations as it would help PNG Power to train its own Electrical Fitter Mechanics in house, thus, reducing training costs and duration it takes to complete the trade training.
“The accreditation is a significant achievement for PNG Power because it will now offer Electrical Level 3 course to its Electrical Apprentices/Trainees at the PNG Power Training College rather than going to POM Technical College (POMTECH) as was the case in the past,” Mr Kavanamur said.
He said in order for the accreditation to be given, NATTB requested PNG Power Training Centre to deliver a trial batch of the Electrical Level 3 with PNG Power’s internal Trade Assistants who already did Level 2. This trial was done in close consultation with NATTB team.
“The trial took place in the first quarter of 2018 with NATTB available to observe and conduct live trade test for our participants. Results were obtained and taken back to NATTB for their Board to make a decision on our request to have level 3 accreditation granted to PNG Power,” Mr Kavanamur said.
With this accreditation we aim to certify all our Trade Assistants who have done the Electrical Level 2 course.
“The support that is needed now from PNG Power going forward is to purchase materials/equipment for all three (3) levels and have them readily available to meet the demand for this course from our employees, as well as external clients,” Mr Kavanamur said.
PNG Power Training Centre is a duly registered training institution with the PNG National Training Council and is recognised to run trainings for PNG Power employees as well as external interested participants. Over the years the Centre has been delivering the electrical level 1 and 2 course to companies all over PNG.
The companies that have sent their apprentices and employees to attend the Level 1 and 2 Electrical courses are OK Tedi Mining Ltd, New Crest, Hargy, NBPOL, Paradise Foods, Brian Bell, and Tabubil Engineering Ltd .
The inclusion of Electrical Level 3 training to be delivered at PNG Power Training College will now see more companies sending their employees to attend this course.
The PNG Power Training Centre is a money making unit for the organization. Training industry is a booming business in the country and if PNG Power is serious about investing in the PNG PowerTraining Centre, it has the potential to generate revenue for the organization.
PNG Power has 18 Apprentices going through their 4 year training program, including three females who will be doing their level 3 training in 2019.
The Electrical Training Courses are conducted over an eight week period over three to four years with the Apprentices being posted on site to gain field and practical work exposure and returning back to the PNG Power Training College to do the courses.