Growing talents in oil and gas

Doing it right: A trainer demonstrating precision pipe-cutting techniques at the Sapura Fabrication Training Centre in Lumut.

OVER the next three years, some 1,100 students will benefit from Sapura Energy Berhad’s RM1.4mil investment to develop local technical and vocational education and training (TVET).

“We are willing to extend our TVET initiative beyond our current training centre in the Lumut fabrication yard for the oil and gas industry.

“Our aim is to help the country lessen its dependency on foreign labour, while ensuring competitive remuneration for our Malaysian workers,” said Sapura Energy Group chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Anuar Taib in a press release dated June 27.

The Group recently inked a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) with the government to reinforce a strategic alliance beneficial to the nation’s human capital growth.

Since launching its TVET programme in 2019, Sapura Energy has trained some 320 students. In a recent collaboration with the Skills Development Department, 79 craft workers were certified under the National Dual Training System Assessment. These were school-leavers who had no opportunity to further their studies at the tertiary level, and joined Sapura Energy without prior training.

Chief people officer Puspa Hanita Abd Aziz said the Group would focus on providing on-the-job experience and practical opportunities to enable trainees to meet the Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) Levels 2 and 3 and industry requirements.

“Many of our trainees have notched up wide international experience based on their technical skills and gone on to build successful careers, with some team members starting out as helpers and eventually moving up through the ranks to become supervisors,” she added.

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