PETRONAS, OPITO Cooperate on Oil, Gas Skills Development in Malaysia

OPITO announced Thursday that oil and gas workers and those seeking to enter the industry in Malaysia now have access to globally recognized qualifications and training thanks to a ground-breaking agreement between OPITO and PETRONAS.

The Malaysian national oil company and the international oil and gas skills body signed a strategic skills memorandum of understanding in 2012 to help build a safe and competent, indigenous oil and gas workforce and establish INSTEP as a globally recognized centre of technical excellence. The outcomes of this agreement, announced today, have seen seven training centres in Southeast Asia become accredited to deliver emergency response training to international standards and the world’s first OPITO-approved qualification center delivering technical training to globally recognized qualifications.

At a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur today OPITO and PETRONAS will recognize the achievements of INSTEP (Institut Teknologi Petroleum Petronas) in becoming the world’s first centre to offer globally recognised vocational qualifications in electrical and mechanical maintenance and instrumentation and controls.

Hundreds of Malaysians will now be trained to recognized industry qualifications, allowing them to work anywhere in the world. This will open-up new economic opportunities for the Malaysian people, increase the global mobility of the country’s workforce and give employers  confidence in the competence of their technicians.

CEO of INSTEP, Chandramohan Saminathan, said: “We are proud of our achievements in creating a regional hub of excellence in learning and safety training. 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.”

Earlier this month, OPITO announced the launch of a global framework for vocational qualifications. The oil and gas skills body has developed global technical standards and a qualifications framework which will meet current and future skills demands and improve competence in the operations and maintenance activities associated with the extraction of hydrocarbons.

On presenting INSTEP with its accolade, group chief executive of OPITO, David Doig, said: “Through our work with PETRONAS, INSTEP will now be the first in the world to deliver qualifications which are industry-designed and industry-recognized and underpinned by technical training standards, occupational standards, a robust assessment process and accredited certification and qualifications.


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