PUMA Energy has launched a local graduate program in recognition of its new presence in the country following its takeover of InterOil’s local assets.

Puma chief executive Pierre Eladari said the program would enhance skills of the country’s tertiary-educated workers.

The program will provide a two-year, hands-on training course to undergraduate or postgraduate students in enegineering, sales and marketing, and operations.

Puma chief executive Pierre Eladari said the new venture demonstrated that the company was firmly invested in supporting the PNG community.

“Puma Energy has a strong history of supporting the communities in which it operates through philanthropic ventures and partnerships with local organisations,” Mr Eladari said.

“We hope through our investment that the local communities in Papua New Guinea will have more opportunities to share their rich culture with the world.”