Sarawak Energy: Technical competency upskilling, knowledge sharing on energy generation available inhouse

From left: Sharbini, Ung and Mak.

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digitalisation for Sarawak Energy including in the learning and capacity building space. Malaysia’s largest renewable energy developer and provider continues to innovate and chalked up a significant milestone in its people development and competency assurance efforts when it established the Generation Academy recently to cultivate a team of in-house technical experts in energy generation.

The academy exists on a digital platform providing staff a virtual learning experience that aims to improve productivity of Sarawak Energy’s generation functions as well as develop innovative solutions.

“The formation of the Generation Academy is a crucial step forward in the development of our people. We have always believe that our people are our most important asset and it is essential that we cultivate a competent workforce and have our very own Sarawakians as our pool of experts contributing to realise their state’s energy development strategy. It also provides equal opportunities within the Sarawak Energy team itself encouraging inclusivity and knowledge transfer,” said Datu Sharbini Suhaili, Sarawak Energy Group Chief Executive Officer.


There are three components to the academy – Generation Technical Learning, Virtual Learning Library and Generation Connect.

Generation Technical Learning is a structured learning framework designed to bolster and build competency in energy generation encompassing power plant operations, mechanical and electrical maintenance, hydrology, dam safety and asset management among others. This will be facilitated by experienced colleagues sharing their knowledge and on-the-job experiences.

The Virtual Learning Library is a centralised resource hub on energy generation related topics while Generation Connect functions as a technical sharing programme with regular technical talks organised among staff for better synergy.

James Ung, Chief Executive Officer for SEB Power- the generation arm of Sarawak Energy- in officiating at the Generation Academy launch, said he believed that the formation of the Generation Academy enhances the company’s value proposition.

“It has always been a corporate ambition to have our own Generation Academy where we are able to chart out programmes and utilise learning approaches that are practical, relevant and are real time. Knowledge transfer is a major feature of the academy and what better way to build up the team’s skills than by learning from the experiences of seniors who are seasoned in their field,” he said.

Dr Mak Met, Sarawak Energy Senior Vice President for Human Resources, said the successful formation of the Generation Academy is a testament to purposeful collaboration and was an invaluable product for the company, its staff and the energy industry.

“Setting up the academy began early in 2017 and to have it materialise now is a timely achievement for our competency assurance initiative. With the Covid 19 pandemic, this online learning portal provides the team access to upskill and learn from one another from wherever they may be at any time,” said Man.

The establishment of the Generation Academy is in alignment with Sarawak Energy’s Continuous Improvement initiative as well as Operational Excellence and Talent Management Key Focus Areas. — DayakDaily