A COURSE designed to help young entrepreneurs was taken up by 24 residents of the Timini Village in the Mumeng District of the Morobe Province, Morobe Mining Joint Ventures announced in a statement.

Conducted by the Entrepreneurial Development Training Centre, the two week training course was funded by the Mineral Resources Authority in partnership with Morobe Mining.

The locals who are from the Wafi-Golpu project area graduated with a level one certificate on 6 January 2015.

Chairman of the Lower Watut Cocoa Cooperative Society and participant, Nehem David said the training has equipped the graduates with the necessary skills and mindset to become better at what they want to do as entrepreneurs.

“The training has helped me identify the mistakes I’ve made and showed a clear pathway that I can follow. I can then share these skills with the farmers in the village.”

“In the long run this training will strengthen the market value of the society and our cocoa,” he said.

Morobe Mining’s community and rural development manager, Benjamin Kamaya said the company was focused on building the capacity of locals by up-skilling the communities for self-sustainability.

“We’d like to see locals build on their skills and take it to the next level. The knowledge you gain will improve your livelihood,” Mr Kamaya said.

The Mineral Resources Authority’s manager for the exploration coordination branch, Jerry Naime said the course is good for landowners and leaders.

He confirmed the Mineral Resources Authority will continue to provide similar training courses with the assistance of Morobe Mining.