Schol­ar­ships for Air Ni­ug­ini's HR high fly­ers

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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.

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