4th July, 2012
KOTA KINABALU: Twenty-four youths began their training programme at Petronas-run Kimanis Petroleum Training Centre (KTC), marking another milestone in the centre’s journey towards becoming a full-fledged oil and gas training institution in Sabah.
It was all smiles as the trainees reported for their two-year Instrumentation & Control programme at KTC’s temporary premises in Membakut Jaya.
The programme is preceded by a week-long orientation, during which the students will carry out a community programme, among others.
These youths, who are from Papar, Bongawan, Membakut, Beaufort, Sipitang and other places around Sabah, make up the second batch of trainees to enrol at the centre. The first intake of 25 trainees took place last year.
During the course of their programme, they will undergo a six-month industrial training at the premises of selected industry players.
KTC is currently operating at its temporary premises in Membakut Jaya. Its permanent campus, currently under construction in Kimanis, is scheduled for completion in 2013. It comprises a two-storey training and administration building, a three-storey hostel and related infrastructure and services.
Once completed, the new facility will be instrumental in helping to nurture the capability of Sabahans to meet the growing manpower needs of the state’s oil and gas industry.
Involving a total investment of RM50 million, KTC is among the various initiatives undertaken by the national oil corporation to nurture the capability of Sabahans, in tandem with the development of its oil and gas projects in the state.
KTC, accredited by the Department of Skills Development, Ministry of Human Resources, currently offers a 2-year full-time programme under the framework of the Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) Levels 2 & 3 in the trade of Industrial Instrumentation & Control.
The centre also augments Petronas’ existing training efforts in collaboration with five institutions in Sabah, namely the Institut Kemahiran Mara, Institut Latihan Perindustrian and Kolej Yayasan Sabah in Kota Kinabalu, as well as GiatMARA in Kimanis, and Institut Latihan Teknikal dan Perdagangan in Papar.
Petronas is spending RM45 billion in world-scale projects in Sabah over a five-year period, which consist of Kimanis Power Plant, Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal, Sabah Sarawak Gas Pipeline, all in Kimanis; the Sabah Ammonia Urea plant in Sipitang and the Lahad Datu Power Plant and Lahad Datu Regasification Terminal projects in Lahad Datu.