Scholarships for Air Niugini's HR high flyers
Two Air Niugini staff are among eight other Papua New Guineans who have been awarded scholarships by the PNG Human Resource Institute (PNGHRI) to do a two-year masters degree in human resource management at the University of Papua New Guinea.
The Air Niugini staffers are Ritchilyn Barrios, who is the airline’s human resource administration manager, and Kilembe Neimani, who say they are grateful for the opportunity.
Barrios says: “I am honoured to be nominated by Air Niugini management for this scholarship. The company has recognised my efforts in a way I have never imagined. I know it’s tough juggling work and studies, but I look forward to the challenges of completing my studies and contributing to ANG’s (Air Niugini’s) HR development.”
Neimani says: “With the new skills and knowledge acquired, I plan to focus on strategic human resource management practice in Air Niugini, including aligning the airline HR policies and code of conduct to ensure effective and timely customer service to our stake holders, staff and the company.”
PNGHRI executive officer, Francis Danny, says the Brunel Masters Skilim Laif scholarship program has been developed through a strategic partnership with Brunel International to contribute to human capital development in PNG.
He says: “The scholarships cost PGK75,000 each for employees for the two years and covers the full school fees, fortnightly allowances, super and relevant continued professional courses offered by PNGHRI.”
A total 20 of Papua New Guineans have been awarded this scholarship since it started last year.
Air Niugini chief executive officer, Simon Foo, says Barrios and Neimani are part of the upcoming ‘emerging leaders’ program at Air Niugini, and were selected because they are seen to have the potential to excel in their careers.
He acknowledged the president of PNGHRI, Jerry Wemin, and his executives for the opportunity provided to Air Niugini staff.
“PNGHRI provides a good platform and information base for the HR profession in PNG. We are thankful for its support and recognition of Air Niugini as a valued partner of PNGHRI and will continue to work together in the future.”
Airline executives … (front row, from left) Luke Ambu, Ritchilyn Barrios, Kilembe Neimani, Francis Danny; (back row, from left) Raymond John, Simon Foo, Ray Baloiloi and Rei Logona.