Shell continues to develop technical skills in Sarawak
Nov 21, 2014
Shell is committed in developing capability among the local community, especially in the technical and highly skilled human capital.
Speaking at the ProjekLINK graduation ceremony for 23 trainees here today, Chok Chee Tsong, Sarawak Shell general manager said that Shell leverages on its smart partnership with the government to provide for vocational education and training of youths to build a highly skilled workforce in Sarawak”.
As a responsible oil and gas operator, Sarawak Shell has been assisting Miri Vocational College through ProjekLINK for the past 25 years in training welders to the oil and gas industry’s exacting standards and help produce qualified welders through a international certification programme.
He said, “More than 800 welders have passed through ProjekLINK in Sarawak, filling up the gaps to support SCORE and ETP, and adding to the numbers of highly skilled workforce in Malaysia.”
Chok said that the success of the programme has seen its extension to Sabah and Bintulu, where Shell has invested a total of RM 4.1 million to skill-up more than 1000 qualified welders for the oil & gas industry.
The certified welders are very much sought and find employment easily in oil and gas, shipbuilding and fabrication, and other heavy industries.
Besides ProjectLINK, the multi-national has also invested in other capacity building programmes such as an in-house BTEC and EDEXCEL U.K. accredited Operation Technician training programme benefitting more than 270 technicians since 2002.
Shell collaborates with University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS) and University Malaysia Sabah (UMS), to develop the Practical, Environmental, Safety and Industrial Guidance for young Engineers (PRESTIGE) for the past six years. PRESTIGE involves activities and scenarios, designed to test students’ ability to understand and apply HSE concepts, incorporating best practices and application in the workplace with real-world examples.
More than 400 engineering undergraduates have benefitted from this workshop.
Last year, Shell opened its Asia Pacific Wells Learning Centre in Miri, the first of its kind in Asia Pacific and Shell’s third globally, after its Houston Centre in the United States and Rijswijk Centre in the Netherlands.
The hub incorporates innovation through state-of-the-art advanced simulators into the wells training programme; already considered amongst the industry’s best. Present at the graduation ceremony were Sherene Choo, Miri Vocational College director and Suhaimi Salleh, Miri education officer.
Shell Malaysia Exploration & Production
Zulkifli Baba Noor, Upstream Communications
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