Two years in PNG

Harness is celebrating 2 years in PNG!

Harness Trainer Simon Kelly recently shared with us what was involved in setting up the training facility back in October 2015 and the amazing growth that has occurred during the two years since.

Setting up Harness PNG in 2015…

Simon Kelly - Delivering training
Simon Kelly – Delivering training in PNG

“I arrived in Port Moresby and was greeted by Harness PNG’s first employee, George Leo. George is still with Harness and is dedicated to transporting the Harness team, clients and course participants to and from the training facility at AES Supply Base, just outside of Port Moresby in Central Province. 

We set up the training rooms, which at that time were Weatherhaven tents, as well as the computing system, and course equipment in time for our first safety and induction courses commencing with our only client in PNG at the time, High Arctic.”

Two years on…

Two years on, Harness has trained more than 800 participants from 85 businesses across 40 different training course types.

Simon recently returned to Harness PNG to conduct training and also provided some insights into the changes that have occurred since 2015.

“How far have we come? What can I say? The Weatherhaven tents have been replaced with 2 state of the art training facilities and the whole area is inviting, appealing and professional.

We have expanded our course offerings from safety and induction courses to now include a range of plant and equipment courses as well as our 5 day Certificate IV Work Health & Safety training course.

The Harness PNG team has expanded 5-fold and now comprises of an Account Manager, 2 Trainers, a Driver and a Training Co-ordinator.  More than 85 businesses have undertaken training for their staff with Harness, including companies like AES, Coca-Cola Amatil, Digicel Group, Halliburton, High Arctic, PNG Air Services Limited, PNG Power Limited, Puma Energy and Simberi Gold Mine just to name a few. 

The Harness PNG team
The Harness PNG team

Training, as well as taking place at the Harness training facility, also takes place at client locations. For example, the Harness PNG team recently conducted training on Simberi Island at the Simberi Gold Mine and early this year Confined Space training was held onsite for iPi Group in Lae. 

The next 2 years and beyond…

Simon has some big and exciting predictions for Harness PNG:

“The way things are growing in PNG, I can see a new training centre and trainers being required, as well as more training courses being conducted both at the Harness training facility and also at client locations.

It’s great to have a Harness presence in PNG, and in some way make a positive difference in the training we deliver, the skills we enhance and the opportunities we create.”