Up to five hundred young Solomon Islanders will take part in a unique mentoring and training program to receive basic skills to help boost job prospects.

The program is a partnership between the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Ministry of National Reconciliation, Unity and Peace and the AusAID-funded Pacific Leadership Program.

It will offer youths the chance to work as an intern with companies in Honiara and receive valuable work experience.

A joint statement says this will be supported by training on how to write a job application, preparing CVs, interview techniques, ethics and code of conduct.

Secretariat of the Pacific Community Coordinator in Solomon Islands, Mia Rimon, said the mentoring and internship program is a national initiative for unemployed youth who are school leavers or graduates.

She said it gives young people basic skills and knowledge, as well practical job experience which hopefully will lead to formal employment.

Ms Rimon said the program will initially be Honiara focused but if successful, will also be extended to the provinces.

Meanwhile, Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Matt Anderson, said that the mentoring program is an important first step in getting unemployed youths into work.