In Port Moresby, the largest city in PNG, youths between the ages of 15 and 29 represent about 35 percent of the population. It is estimated that the youth cohort will grow by at least another 13 percent by 2018 due to natural population increases and immigration. The combination of rapid demographic growth and urbanization creates tremendous pressures for employment generation. Three underlying issues pose significant challenges for the youth:

  • Their lack of equity in and access to the formal primary and secondary education;
  • Their lack of equity in and access to the labor market; and
  • Their increasing involvement in urban crime and violence.

The UYEP will provide with training and on the job work experience. The project will work in partnership with the public and private sectors to offer work placement opportunities for young people. It will also provide them with market-oriented job training is through a "mini-apprenticeship" style scheme. Apart from the promise of a positive contribution to the welfare of youth and to the development of the city well equipped for success at the workplace. These set of incentives have been developed with the corporation of various chambers, councils and associations in NCD as well as key partners like the Bank of South Pacific and ESSO Highlands Limited. There will also be benefits for city residents through the Project's public work programs. Routine maintenance will be provided in areas currently being under-services.

The Project will provide knowledge, skills and work experience to unemployed youth through training and learning on the job.

Hence, the concept of Urban Youth Employment Project (UYEP) was developed in 2011. UYEP is funded by the Government of Papua New Guinea, the World Bank and is implemented by the National Capital District Commission (NCDC). Other partners include the Republic of Korea, PNG LNG and Bank of South Pacific (BSP). The UYEP is a Government development initiative for the under-privileged youths in NCD, aiming to make a difference in the lives of young people in Port Moresby by giving them a chance to gain work experience and acquire skills that:

  • will help them realize their potential
  • prepare them for the workforce
  • helping improve their employability, and livelihood in general

Papua New Guinea

The Urban Youth Employment Project (UYEP) aims to provide urban youths in the capital Port Moresby with income from temporary employment opportunities and to increase their employability through:

  • Youth Job Corps supports: i) the identification and selection of disadvantaged, unemployed youth from the National Capital District; ii) life skills for employment training; and iii) public works job placement. Approximately 13,500 of these youths will then undertake a two month work placement on a public works sub-project.
  • Skills Development and Employment Scheme (SDES) provides On-the-Job Training (OJT) and market oriented work experience for around 4,000 participating youth. The SDES consists of two Pre-Employment Training (PET) programs followed by On-the-Job Training (OJT). One of the PET programs provides opportunities for about 2,000 youths and focus on trade, industrial and commerce related employment. The other provides opportunities for another 2,000 youths and focus on basic bookkeeping, data entry, business practices, and information technology.

What is UYEP.......

National Capital District Commission

Urban Youth Employment Project (UYEP)

Yumi Wok Bung Wantaim, Strongim Yut, Strongim Siti


The project, targeted at unemployed youth aged between 16 and 35 years, will provide youths with 5 days of Basic Life Skills Training followed by work experience. Trainees will be given a Youth Identification card, setup with a BSP Account and enrolled in a Youth SMS-Based Banking Scheme where account fees will be waived for 6 months from account opening.

Other support services include: paid training stipends, professional counselling and further classroom-based training in one of two 30 day Pre-Employment Training Programs for select youth focused on building their Business Services and Industrial Technical Skills. The program will ensure that trainees develop well-rounded skills that will help them in the workplace, in their communities and help shape their future.

Paid Work Experience..

Trainees will be placed in one of the two paid work schemes:

  • Youth Job Corp  (YJC)  - This is a public works scheme which will provide the youth/trainee the opportunity to learn general skills, earn cash and enhance their communities through basic road maintenance and waste collection activities. Trainees will be eligible for 40 days of work after they first successful complete Basic Life Skills Training (BLST).

  • On-the-Job Training (OJT) -  This is an entry level mini-apprenticeship scheme that is supported by various employers in National Capital District (NCD). It will bring the trainees closer to the work place by exposing them to the work culture, ethics, environment, and build key competencies. Trainees will be eligible for 5 months of sponsorship by UYEP under this scheme.