Sarawak Shell Berhad sealed a memorandum of understanding today with Yayasan Sarawak in a simple ceremony held in Kuching, enhancing its partnership with the Sarawak Government in developing the capabilities of Sarawakians, especially the Yayasan scholars.
Speaking at the MoU signing, Chok Chee Tsong, Sarawak Shell Berhad general manager said that Shell took proactive efforts in focusing on Sarawakians, especially in exploring and developing local talents.
He added, “As a responsible operator that very much considers ourselves to be a long term partner in the nation and state’s progress, we also believe in fulfilling our corporate social responsibility.”
Shell supported the Sarawak’s vision on technical and vocational education and the need to enhance them by introducing ProjekLINK to help address the need for highly-skilled welders in Malaysia.
According to Chok, Shell had invested RM 4.1 million in skilling up more than 800 welders in Sarawak for the past 26 years in its collaboration with Miri Vocational College.
The programme has also been extended to the vocational college in Bintulu.
The MoU was signed by Datu Haji Mohamad Abu Bakar bin Marzuki, Director of Yayasan Sarawak and Chok representing Sarawak Shell.
The MoU strengthens the collaboration between Shell Malaysia and Yayasan Sarawak, providing internship and employment opportunities in Shell to eligible Yayasan scholars and the necessary support to help prepare them in facing the challenging employment world ahead.
Chok reiterated Shell’s support to Yayasan Sarawak’s efforts in meeting the technical manpower needs of SCORE towards an industrialized state for Sarawak by 2030.
Prior to the MoU signing, Sarawak Shell held a career talk and exhibition on employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry, attended by more than 200 students.
For over 40 years, Shell Malaysia has invested more than RM400 million worth of scholarship in helping over 1,500 young Malaysians, including for Sarawakians to pursue their degrees locally and abroad.
This year, Shell will continue to provide scholarships and bursary to excellent students for local and abroad studies.
At present, Shell collaborates with Curtin and Swinburne universities in Sarawak in ‘Campus Ambassador’ – a programme initiated by Shell to regularly engage with the universities to identify top, talented scholars and non-scholars for employment, internship and scholarship opportunities.
Shell continued to develop local capabilities with the opening of Asia Pacific Wells Learning Hub in Miri in 2013, bringing innovation and the first training centre in the region to use state-of-the-art advanced simulators.
Also present at the ceremony were Datu Haji Abdul Rashid bin Haji Aziz, Deputy Chairman of Yayasan Sarawak Board of Trustees and Jonathan Jolly, Senior Manager, Government Relations of Shell Malaysia, both of whom witnessed the MoU signing.