KOTA KINABALU, 31 October – Ninety-seven Sabah youths received their certificates of completion at the 17th Convocation of Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) and 2nd Convocation of Kimanis Petroleum Training Centre (KTC) here, today.
Seventy-two of them obtained a certificate in Petroleum Technology Program 1 (PTP 1) from INSTEP while the rest received a certificate in Industrial Instrumentation & Control from KTC.
Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun, who is the minister in charge of state education matters, presented the certificates to the graduates.
Speaking at the event, Masidi said, “Technical education is crucial to Sabah’s growth and progress especially with the implementation of the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) which requires professional and skilled workers.”
He lauded the efforts by PETRONAS in supporting the state’s education and human capital development as reflected in the national oil and gas company’s support to six institutions in Sabah under its Vocational Institution Sponsorship & Training Assistance (VISTA) programme.
The institutions are Institut Kemahiran MARA Kota Kinabalu; Institut Latihan Perindustrian Kota Kinabalu; Kolej Yayasan Sabah; Institut Latihan Teknik dan Perdagangan (ILTP) Papar; Pusat GIATMARA Kimanis; and Institut Kemahiran Belia Negara Kinarut.
Through the VISTA programme, these institutions have been receiving assistance ranging from equipment, learning and training aids as well as technical support and advisory.
Additionally, PETRONAS also provides vocational training and education sponsorship for selected students from underprivileged families in these institutions.
“I am pleased that INSTEP and KTC are also lending us a helping hand by providing technical training to Sabahan youths,” he said, expressing his confidence that PETRONAS would continue to invest in education and human capital development to increase the number of skilled workforce in Sabah.
Meanwhile, PETRONAS Senior Vice President for Group Human Resource Management Division Dato’ Raiha Azni Abdul Rahman said PETRONAS remained committed to continue its capability building efforts despite current challenges in the oil and gas industry.
“PETRONAS will continue its capability building efforts to sustain an adequate pool of skilled and competent workforce for the petroleum sector in Malaysia,” said Dato’ Raiha, who is also the Board Chairman of PETRONAS Technical Training Sdn Bhd (PTTSB).
Based on the employability of PETRONAS-trained talents, Head of Kimanis Petroleum Training Centre (KTC), Mustakim Tunipan is confident that the graduates will be able to meet the demands of industries in Sabah and beyond.
“I believe that the graduates are well-equipped with the right skills and knowledge, and are ready to be in the industry to contribute to the betterment of the state and nation,” said the INSTEP graduate who sees his role in leading KTC an opportunity to contribute to the development of Sabah youths and future of the State.
Also present at the convocation were other PTTSB Board members, PETRONAS Group Human Resource Management, Nelly Francis; and Head of PETRONAS Sabah and Labuan Regional Office, Julita Ontol.
PETRONAS Sabah and Labuan Regional Office