Over 170 graduates produced by Kimanis Petroleum Training Centre since 2011

KOTA KINABALU: The Kimanis Petroleum Training Centre (KTC) established by national oil company PETRONAS has so far churned out 174 graduates since its inception in 2011 – with the latest being 42 trainees who graduated on Thursday (Sept 29).

All 42 were trainees from the 2017 and 2018 intakes.

Speaking at the convocation, PETRONAS Technical Training Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Idris Ibrahim said that KTC was set up 11 years ago as part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme in Sabah.

“KTC is committed to developing and equipping the youths of Sabah with the necessary skills and qualifications for them to enrol in the oil and gas industry,” he said at the KTC convocation ceremony at the Sabah International Convention Centre (SICC) here.

Sabah State Public Service director-general Datuk Datu Rosmadi Datu Sulai handed over the graduation scrolls to the graduates.

Speaking at the ceremony, Datu Rosmadi said that the state was thankful that despite the numerous challenges faced by the industry globally, PETRONAS remained committed in investing in education and human capital development, particularly in Sabah.

Besides the setting up of KTC, he said, these investments also included the construction of the Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) in Ranau as well as the annual award of the PETRONAS Education Sponsorship Programme for students to pursue tertiary education.

Other than that, PETRONAS was also offering the Vocational Institutions Sponsorship and Training Assistance (Vista) programme with five identified institutions in the state.

This programme is aimed at developing the technical and vocational capabilities of Sabahan youths which will ultimately contribute to building talents for the state and the nation, Datu Rosmadi said.

Also present were State Home Affairs and Research Office secretary Datuk Awang Shaminan Awang Sahari, Head of Human Capital Investment, PETRONAS Group Human Resource Management, Syed Mohamad Muhafiz Syed Bakar; and Sabah and Labuan PETRONAS head Siti Ayu Abdul Wahab.

KTC is the first institution in Sabah to be recognised as an Accredited Centre by the Department of Skills Development under the Human Resources Ministry.

It offers a three-year full-time diploma level training in industrial instrumentation and control system – monitoring and control (Level 4), Malaysian Skills Diploma (DKM).

KTC is also currently collaborating with Akademi Binaan Malaysia (ABM) to provide scaffolding training for Sabahan youths under the Vista programme.

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