PETRONAS, partners empower indigenous youths with scaffolding, technical skills for O&G sector entry

SSGP personnel capture a moment with 13 rural youths enrolled in the scaffolding training programme at IKM Bintulu.

By DayakDaily Team

BINTULU, April 26: PETRONAS is set to provide 30 rural youths, primarily from the Penan, Kayan, Iban, and Kelabit communities in Baram and Ulu Limbang near the Sabah-Sarawak Gas Pipeline (SSGP) with a month-long Scaffolding Level 1 Certification Training this year.

Facilitated by its wholly-owned subsidiary PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd, in collaboration with MARA Skills Institute Bintulu and Yayasan Sarawak, the comprehensive training programme will be administered by SRC Global Resources Sdn Bhd.


The objective, as stated in a recent media release today, is to enhance the technical skills of rural youths, thus expanding their career prospects within the oil and gas (O&G) industry.

The first intake, scheduled from April 22 to May 23, will be followed by a second intake at IKM Bintulu from August 20 to September 25.

PETRONAS will provide a living allowance of RM200 per participant and cover their travel expenses, with Yayasan Sarawak subsidising half of the training fee. Additionally, IKM Bintulu will offer accommodation, meals, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for the participants.

Young Penan individuals sign up for the scaffolding training programme.

In addition to the scaffolding training, PETRONAS, in collaboration with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) and the Centre for Technology Excellence Sarawak (CENTEXS), will conduct two more training sessions in June and September for rural youths from the SSGP areas of Tinjar, Niah, Bintulu, Baram, and Lawas.

The first training will facilitate 40 youths to attain Oil and Gas Safety Passport (OGSP) certification by NIOSH and Green Card certification by CIDB at the Bintulu Office Centre and Telang Usan District Office. The second training will involve 50 youths undergoing extensive entrepreneurship training at Long Sukang in Lawas. PETRONAS will cover 100 per cent of the programmes’ cost for all participants.

Senior general manager of Sabah Asset, Mohd Johan Ariff Mohd Supian, underscored PETRONAS’ commitment to empowering local talents, particularly within indigenous communities from the SSGP area, through targeted training programmes aligned with communities’ needs.

“Our commitment extends beyond immediate skill-building, fostering lasting opportunities in our continuous efforts to uplift lives. With training designed for longevity, we aim to enhance the participants’ job prospects, paving the way for a brighter future,” he said.

Over the years, PETRONAS has continuously invested in Sabah and Sarawak’s human capital through programmes such as the Towards Uplifting Lives Programme and Community Technical Outreach Programme since 2021 as part of its commitment to nurturing the domestic talents via strategic partnerships with educational institutions, governmental bodies, and local communities. — DayakDaily