Penang Apprenticeship Programme for Artisan (PAPA)


PAPA, Penang Apprenticeship Programme for Artisan, is an apprenticeship training programme for sustaining traditional trades and skills in George Town, Penang.
It is a community based project initiated by Penang Heritage Trust (PHT) to promote intangible cultural heritage viewed as an integral part of the World Heritage Sites’ Outstanding Universal Values.


PAPA aims to perpetuate traditional skills, techniques and transmit these through a prescribed training system. These skills are threatened and are currently undergoing difficulties in attaining continuity. PAPA would like to achieve the following through the apprenticeship programme:

  • Skills dissemination
  • Awareness raising
  • Documentation
  • Increase income generation
  • Invest in product development