THE Pre-Employment Training (PET) under the Rapid Employment Project (REP) in partnership with the Honiara City Council (HCC) has trained thousands of locals and even helped a lot in assisting them find jobs.
A recent statement from the Rapid Employment Project (REP) has revealed.
“Since 2011, PET has trained 12,295 people in Life Skills and has certified 11,558. Since 2011, the REP has provided 561,838 person days of work and employed about 10,246 people for an average of 54 days each in mostly street cleaning, roadside brush cutting and small infrastructure projects such as Jacob’s ladders and foot bridges.
“In 2014, the project introduced career coaching and referrals for those who wish to find employment other than street cleaning.
“Since August 2014, PET –REP has 1, 147 one on one career coaching and social services referrals and helped 818 people produced CVs,” it stated.
The project has ended last December, but its success story will forever remain in the minds of those that are part of the PET.
“The Pre-Employment Training has stopped in December 2015, but the career coaching and referral services still continue”.
It was revealed that, a number of people have benefitted from the services and one of them is Beverlyn Mei Taoha who attended the last PET batch before the program closed in December.
“When the office reopened in January 2016, Beverly came for career coaching and assistance in finding a job.
“She was told about a vacancy with the Taiwan Farm at KGVI area and she was encouraged to apply and submit her CV and a copy of her PET certificate and a Reference Letter from the PET Team Leader.
“Bev was among 40 other applicants considered for the 3 vacant positions and she was overjoyed when she was chosen with two others,” the statement added.
Asked how PET has helped her and Bev said, “I have no qualification, and only educated to form 3 level, so the training and the certificate has helped me to secure a job.”
According to the statement, Bev has future plans of having a farm of her own and passing on farming skills to other family members and those interested in farming.
By RONALD TOITO’ONA