Petronas reaffirms efforts on technical education

KUALA LUMPUR: Petronas signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Majlis Amanah Rakyat (MARA) on November 21 to build on a 24-year partnership between the two parties in the PETRONAS Vocational Institution Sponsorship and Training Assistance (VISTA) programme, an initiative targeted to enhance technical and vocational capabilities for Malaysian talents in the oil and gas industry.

The MoU was signed by Petronas Senior Vice President of Group Human Resource Management, Dato’ Raiha Azni Abd Rahman and MARA Deputy Director General (Education), Abd Halim Abbas.

Under the MoU, the VISTA programme will be extended to include Institut Kemahiran MARA (IKM) Bintulu that will join the existing institutions under the programme, namely IKM Sungai Petani, Kedah, IKM Tan Sri Yahaya Ahmad in Pekan, Pahang, IKM Jasin, Melaka and IKM Kota Kinabalu in Sabah.

Speaking at the event, Datuk Raiha Azni said, “Petronas is pleased to strengthen its long-standing collaboration with MARA. Through this partnership, IKM students will be able to obtain valuable technical knowledge and training with good infrastructure.

“As a national oil and gas company, Petronas is steadfast in empowering the community through initiatives that focus on education, community development and wellbeing, as well as environment. This MoU is another effort to support Petronas’ commitment towards the development of a market-ready future workforce,” she added.

Petronas’ commitment – through its Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) — includes the development of specific modules and syllabus for IKM Bintulu to upgrade its training programme and training sessions to its lecturers to enhance their capability.

Since the inception of VISTA in 1992, Petronas has invested over RM29 million in the programme, which has benefited more than 4,000 students.

Meanwhile, on November 10 INSTEP also signed an MoU with Honeywell to continue their partnership in further strengthening the quality of training at INSTEP’s state-of-the-art Upstream and Downstream Training Plants (UDTP).

In 2015, INSTEP and Honeywell had successfully collaborated under the partnership at the UDTP, to train a total of 34 participants from PetroVietnam Nghi Son refinery in preparation for the refinery start-up in 2017.

Based on this success, an enhanced eight-week international programme, which is inclusive of a three-week hands-on training at the UDTP, will be introduced in 2017.

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