Johor exco member: Lot of jobs open for Malaysians in O&G-related activities at PIPC

Priority for Johoreans: Vidyanathan says companies will give priority to Johoreans before opening the vacancies to other Malaysians.

JOHOR BARU: There are a lot of jobs for Johoreans and Malaysians from other states in oil and gas (O&G)- related activities at the Pengerang Integrated Pertoleum Complex (PIPC) in Kota Tinggi.

State Unity and Human Resources committee chairman R. Vidyanathan said companies operating within the complex required professional, semi-skilled and skilled workers.

He said Johor needed to beef up its efforts in human capital development to produce competent and skilled workforce to cater to the downstream O&G related activities in Pengerang.

“The O&G industry is something new to us and we have been engaging with the relevant stakeholders for the past years in producing more skilled workers,’’ said Vidyanathan.

He said this after witnessing the exchange of documents between Johor Petroleum Development Corp (JPDC) and the Pasir Gudang Industrial Training Institute (ILPPG), Johor Skills Development Centre (JSDC) and Kumpulan Pendidikan Yayasan Pelajaran Johor (KPYPJ).

JPDC was represented by deputy chief executive Izhar Hifnei Ismail, ILPPG by director Sarman Rawan, JSDC by managing director Ja’apar Samat and KPYPJ by chief executive officer Abdul Rashid A. Rahman.

“Companies operating at the PIPC will give priority to Johoreans to fill in positions there before opening the vacancies to Malaysians from other states,’’ said Vidyanathan.

He said the state authorities were also collaborating with the Education Ministry by going to schools, colleges, vocational institutions and universities on the job prospects in the O&G industry in Johor.

Izhar said JPDC had last year collaborated with the Bandar Penawar National Youth Skills Institute, German-Malaysian Institute and Bandar Penawar Community College.

He said the Federal Government had allocated RM2.8mil for JPDC to collaborate with the six institutes to provide training for 300 workers for Johor’s O&G industry.

“We need about 4,600 workers when refinery activities at the complex start in the first-quarter of next year and PIPC needs some 27,000 workers when it is fully completed in 2032,’ said Izhar.

He said among the vacancies were for chemical engineers, electrical engineers, highly skilled welders, scaffolders, electricians, site supervisors, grinders, instruments and machine maintenance technicians.

“The average basic salary for a scaffolder without experience is about RM2,500 and a certified welder and highly skilled welder could command up to RM6,000 monthly,” said Izhar.

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