CIDB, PETRONAS and participating Oil & Gas Services & Equipment (OGSE) contractors join hands to build young talent through a new apprenticeship programme.
CIDB continues to drive its capacity building initiatives by collaborating with PETRONAS and participating OGSE contractors through an apprenticeship programme . PETRONAS aims to build a sustainable pipeline of local semiskilled oil and gas employees to propel the industry further.
Participants of the apprenticeship programme will first be trained at CIDB’s training institution–Akademi Binaan Malaysia (ABM) and the apprenticeship will take place at 16 PETRONAS contractors’ facilities located in Sabah, Sarawak and Terengganu.
The first phase of the apprenticeship program was marked by the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
Speaking at the event, PETRONAS Senior Vice President, Project Delivery & Technology Samsudino Miskon said, “This collaboration provides a platform for the training and certification of youths to obtain the required skills for the oil and gas industry. They will then COMMUNITY 5 2 PETRONAS aims to build a sustainable pipeline of local skilled oil and gas employees to propel the industry further be funnelled into employment to ensure a sustainable pipeline of skilled talents for the sustenance and continuity of operations.
“PETRONAS provides young people in Sabah, Sarawak and Terengganu an excellent opportunity to participate in the oil and gas industry in their respective states, in the spirit of giving back to the community.”
He added that the apprenticeship programme is part of PETRONAS’ ongoing effort to shape the sector by developing the human resource capacity and partnering with several ecosystem-builders. Through this, the local OGSE players can strengthen their competitiveness and resilience.
The apprenticeship programme is in line with the objectives of PETRONAS’ Lestari programme, which is a mechanism and collaborative platform to strengthen the OGSE ecosystem.
Minister of Operations SecretaryGeneral Dato’ Dr. Syed Omar Sharifuddin Syed Ikhsan, the Minister of Operations YB Baru Bian’s representative, was present at the MOU exchange.
“The Ministry through CIDB supports programmes that help young skilled workers from ABM be readily absorbed into the industry. By working together with PETRONAS, CIDB and other Oil & Gas players, industrial players are given the opportunity to acquire trained and accredited local workers. Importantly, they also play a crucial role in the continued development of their industry competencies, which benefits the organisation’s growth as well as meets the workforce needs for projects and the industry in general,” he said.
Datuk Ir Ahmad ‘Asri Abdul Hamid CIDB’s Chief Executive said PETRONAS’ attempts to find solutions to address the OGSE talent gap also helped create a channel for students in the construction field to secure employment in the oil and gas industry. “I applaud PETRONAS for providing the exposure and opportunity for local talents trained in ABM to be apprentices in the Oil and Gas sector. This complements CIDB efforts in providing skills training in high impact trades in the construction industry such as welding, scaffolding and gas pipefitter, among others,” he added.