Monday, 06 April 2015 04:00
Written by Audrey Raj
Oil and gas professionals and would-be engineers seeking to enter the petroleum industry in Malaysia now have access to globally recognized qualifications and training.
In 2012, PETRONAS and Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (OPITO) inked an agreement to establish the Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) as a globally recognized centre for technical learning.
Owned by PETRONAS, INSTEP was established in 1981 to train skilled technicians and operators in the Malaysian petroleum industry.
Today, this joint venture has seen seven training centers in Southeast Asia become accredited to deliver emergency response training and the first OPITO-approved qualification centre delivering technical training to globally recognized qualifications.
INSTEP also offers globally recognized vocational qualifications in electrical and mechanical maintenance and instrumentation and controls.
“We are proud of our achievements in creating a regional hub of excellence in learning and safety training,” said INSTEP’s chief executive officer, Chandramohan Saminathan.
“Through our work with OPITO, we are establishing Malaysia as a world class centre for the oil and gas industry where innovation and quality are at the core of everything we do.”
This collaboration is said to open up new economic opportunities for the Malaysians, increase the country’s workforce and give employers’ confidence in the competence of their technicians.
Earlier this month, OPITO announced the launch of a framework for vocational qualifications, so as to meet skills demand and also improve competence in hydrocarbon extraction works.
Moreover, PETRONAS and OPITO have been working together to ensure that every worker gains Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET), before going offshore as a mandatory requirement in the same way as it is compulsory in the North Sea.
“Through our work with PETRONAS, INSTEP will now be the first to deliver qualifications, which are industry designed and recognized,” said David Doig, group chief executive, OPITO.
“We are immensely proud of the results achieved by this partnership between OPITO, PETRONAS and INSTEP together with the seven training providers. In a short space of time, we have designed industry-specific and globally recognized training that will result in a safe and competent workforce,” he concluded.