Friday, 18 July 2008 5:30 PM

New Training Centre Receives High Support

A new training centre launched today receives strong support from various organisations and government departments in Honiara.

Speaking at the launch, Agnes Podarua said that centre will target young people who have reached forms five, six and seven.

The Bokolo Training Centre will help the youths achieve economic productivity through effective business that will help them in the long run.

Mrs. Podarua said that the aim of the centre is to make young people see the reality of business.

"Solomon Islands has a lot of young people who are willing to do things but the problem is there is not enough money to support them to go further in their education," she added.

Mrs. Podarua said that the newly established centre is likely to become a college in the future.

The new centre based in China Town received contributions from various government departments, business houses and NGOs towards its establishment.

"We will offer 11 months of schooling and in the first two months, students will be given various business trainings," Mrs. Podarua explained.

Following two months of lecture, students will be attached to various industries to do practical theory.

"This is to help students put into practice what they have learnt in class for better understanding," Mrs. Podarua said.

After four months of trainings, students will be given two months to put together their project proposals.

Mrs. Podarua acknowledged Rees Griffin and John Pearce who have jointly donated 12 free laptops to the new centre.

The centre is established in partnership with the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce.

Bokolo Training Centre is going to start classes on 5th October with a ratio of 50 percent girls and 20 percent boys.