JOHOR BARU: Youths in Johor are advised to take up oil and gas-related (O&G) courses or programmes in order to get jobs in the O&G industry in the state.
Johor unity and human resources committee chairman R. Vidyanathan said companies operating at the multi-billion ringgit Pengerang Integrated Petroleum Complex (PIPC) in Kota Tinggi need competent and skilled workers.
He said some 4,600 job opportunities would be available when the refinery at the complex begins operations in the first-quarter of 2019.
“We will give priority to Johoreans aged between 18 and 35 years to fill in the positions before opening them to Malaysians from other states,” said Vidyanathan.
He said this after witnessing the handing over of documents from Johor Petroleum Development Corporation (JPDC) to 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.
Vidyanathan said Johor needed to produce more competent and skilled workers for the O&G industry which was something new for the state.
“The PIPC needs over 27,000 skilled workers when it is fully completed and up and running by 2032 and we need to work fast to produce workers to cater to the needs,’’ he said.
Vidyanathan said the state government had in recent years engaged with the Education Ministry on outreach programmes held at schools, training institutions, colleges and universities on job prospects in the O&G industry.
Izhar said JPDC had collaborated with the Bandar Penawar Youth Skills Training Institute, German-Malaysia Institute and Bandar Penawar College Community.
“We hope more school leavers join the O&G industry, with those already working taking up courses to upgrade themselves,” said Izhar.
He said among the positions available in PIPC include chemical and electrical engineers, highly skilled welders, scaffolders, grinders, instrument and machinery technicians and electricians.
Izhar said the average basic salary for a scaffolder without experience was about RM2,500, while certified and highly skilled welders could command up to RM6,000 a month.