Papua New Guinea

Basic LIfe Skills Training (BLST)

Yumi Wok Bung Wantaim, Strongim Yut, Strongim Siti

National Capital District Commission

Urban Youth Employment Project (UYEP)

The Basic Life Skills Training (BLST) is the first activity Trainees are engaged in after officially registering and agreeing to join UYEP as a trainee. This training aims to develop the Trainees’ life skills and understanding of the working environment, appropriate on the job behavior, personal presentation, health and hygiene, occupation, road safety management, and working as a team and personal budgeting. In addition, other areas related to personal hygiene, respect for others, healthy living, managing personal finances (a module by BSP Bank) are also covered.


The UYEP Youth Facilitators will further assess, counsel and couch Trainees to better understand their socio-economic profile, skills, previous experiences and aspirations.  Trainees are then provided the basic literacy training to manage their own bank accounts before moving on to either Youth Job Corps (YJC) or Pre-Employment Training (PET). Individual trainers supervised by the Urban Youth Employment Project (UYEP) Project Management Unit (PMU) run the training for the Trainees in venues located on carefully selected locations to provide easy access for Trainees to attend within NCD.


Upon the successfully completion of the The Basic Life Skills Training (BLST) which is basically five days, the Urban Youth Employment Project (UYEP) will pay the Trainees a stipend based on 8 hours per day supported by the attendance sheets provided by the Trainers of each BLST class. This is done through the UYEP Management Information System (MIS). Stipends are electronically remitted via the UYEP Management Information System (MIS) into the Trainees bank accounts with Bank South Pacific (BSP).


One the first day of BLST training, Trainees will do a basic numeracy/literacy test which helps both the UYEP and the Trainees to better determine which one of the next two phases of the training program(s) the Trainee will go to. The next stage after BLST is either Youth Job Corps (YJC) or Pre-Employment Training (PET).