Joint Venture Port Services (JVPS) earns Employer of Apprentices accreditation, bolstering future workforce in PNG


Joint Venture Port Services (JVPS) is proud to announce it has been awarded the ‘Employer of Apprentices’ certificate by the National Apprenticeship and Trade Testing Board (NATTB).

The JVPS workshop team stand together with Greg Kettleton (Front row, Centre) and Arthur Geno (Front row, Centre) following the handover of the Employer of Apprentices certificate. Credit JVPS

This notable certificate signifies JVPS’s commitment to developing the next generation of skilled professionals within the critical heavy machinery and equipment industry. The certification allows JVPS to hire and train apprentices in four key trade areas:

  • Heavy Equipment Fitting
  • Auto Electrical
  • Motor Vehicle Mechanic
  • Metal Fabrication and Welding

“We are thrilled to receive the Employer of Apprentices accreditation from the NATTB,” said Greg Kettleton, General Manager, JVPS. “This certification allows us to invest directly in the future of PNG’s workforce by providing young Papua New Guineans with valuable on-the-job training and nationally recognized qualifications. This will ensure a continuous pipeline of highly skilled tradespeople to support our ongoing operations and contribute to the future needs of PNG.”

JVPS is actively developing its apprenticeship program and anticipates implementation later this year. The program will provide structured training opportunities for apprentices, combining classroom learning with practical experience under the guidance of experienced JVPS tradespeople.

JVPS is a leading provider of stevedoring and cargo handling services across Papua New Guinea. Through joint ventures with local landowner groups, JVPS offers a comprehensive range of services at key ports throughout the country. The company is committed to safety, efficiency, and environmental responsibility, while also supporting the development of local communities and the PNG workforce. JVPS is part of the broader Steamships Logistics Division, an intermodal logistics provider solely owned by Steamships Trading Company.

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