Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
2ndPhase - Community Based Recruitment targeting youths ages 18-31
Explain your idea in details:
2ndPhase is a community based recruitment platform that would work closely with Churches and other NGOs with an approach to enhance the employability of youth ages 18-31 years and improve their integration into productive employment. 2ndPhase specifically aims to improve the capacity of public employment service to offer timely, accurate information on job vacancies and skill needs to youth along with assistance in the job search by enhancing their labor market information systems, by providing youth with access to career and employment coaching, internships, technical and life skills training. Employers will provide the opportunities for work experience internships with learning on the job. The rationale for the platform is that by providing Life Skills training to unemployed youth there will be a greater likelihood of meaningful employment opportunities, improved wellbeing, self-esteem and improved job matching with prospective employers. While performing our recruitment role we would also share our data with the government, NGOs and other partners to receive basic and other services. With the lack of proper data in place basic government services do not reach these marginalize communities. For this case, there is no data to identify our skilled and unskilled youths. With 2ndPhase in place everyone would have enough food and other basic needs satisfied which would slowly but gradually eliminate poverty in this marginalized communities. In giving ownership back to our youths and community we would be encouraging our youths for one percent of their salary.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Life skills provide the ability to adapt, be resilient, flexible and develop positive behaviors that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life and work. Life Skills include self-awareness, goal setting, understanding the changing world of work, job hunting skills, critical thinking, confidence and self-esteem building, health and wellbeing, financial literacy and networking. It is an exciting project to improve the prospects of unemployed youth in the Papua New Guinea. The Life Skills program has been designed as an integral aspect of personal development for young people. By the end of the Life Skill program participants will be able to: Recognize values, strengths, personality and skills; Manage time and set goals and priorities in life and work; Understand the world of work and communicate effectively with employers and work colleagues; Use the internet for job searching and investigate skills required for jobs and training requirements; Prepare a resume, job application and explore job vacancies and the hidden job market; Improve skills in networking and attend an interview with confidence; Recognize the importance of health and well-being to deal with stress, personal issues, parental influences and situations in life; Manage finances, budget on a low income and apply financial strategies to live and work; Recognize the potential of alternative self-employment opportunities; and Market yourself, take pride in my personal demeanor and be motivated to get a job and pursue a career.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
We are looking for partners, possibly the government, business houses, NGOs and Churches for support. For the start we would basically supply easily accessible manpower to security firms in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. We would start with 10 youths and a security firm as a pilot project. We will be supplying motivated with good mindset of manpower to security firms in Port Moresby. This would also solve a high turnover rate in the security industry. That is, we are basically helping the employer to help ourselves. We will monitor their progress through providing evaluation test to both employee and employer. After a year we would like to launch this great opportunity for our youths in our marginalized communities around major cities in Papua New Guinea. In Port Moresby alone we have growing squatter settlements and one in particular Morata North-West of the city accommodates a large number of unemployed semi-skilled youths. We have Churches and a vocational training center providing basic technical training however getting a job is one of the biggest challenges for these youths. 2/10 youths have family members and guardians working mainly security and construction jobs but the remaining 8% have no option but to engage in illegal activities. This then contributes to a growing crime rate in the capital city. The slow phase of government services reaching our local province and districts pushes rural to urban drift and results in overcrowding in these major settlements. In partnership with Chrurches we would egange motivational speakers/coachers to prepare these youths for employment opportunities.
Mesach Wandira Tai is a single young man, age 30.He is mix parentage of Tari, Hela Province and Lake Kutubu, Southern Highlands Province.Mesach attended all his primary school in the National Capital District schools as both his parents where teaching in various primary schools in the city. From the year 2008 to 2011, he did grade 9 to 12 at Don Bosco Technical Secondary school. He completed his grade 12 with certificate 2 in IT and also received an Academic Excellence Award (School fee scholarship) sponsored by the International Training Institute Port Moresby. He graduated in the year 2013 with a diploma in Human Resources Management.In the year 2011, he also attended a job training program with Daltron Port Moresby as an IT Technical Support team for 3 weeks.From the year 2014 and half of 2015, he was employed by Airways Hotel & Apartment Limited as a Front Office Attendant. Then half of 2015 to the year 2016, he worked as a Human Resource Administrator with Digicel (PNG) Limited.In 2017 Mesach was selected with 40 others out of 100 applicants from both PNG and Pacific to take part in entrepreneurship program sponsored by Kumul Foundation Inc. Mesach is a member of the Kumul Game Changers 2017 cohort, PNG.