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18/01/2024 09:25 AM

KUANTAN, Jan 17 (Bernama) -- E&P O&M Services Sdn Bhd (EPOMS) is dedicated to enhancing collaboration with diverse stakeholders to foster the development of a highly competent workforce within the oil and gas industry in Malaysia, says its chief executive officer, Zulkarnain Ismail.

In pursuit of this commitment, Zulkarnain highlighted EPOMS's strategic partnership with Pahang Skills and Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS’ Centre for Advanced and Professional Education (CAPE) for the establishment and execution of an oil and gas programme tailored to meet the industry's manpower requirements.

Zulkarnain said the partnership is a proactive step to offer specifically designed programmes to improve the knowledge and skills of prospective graduates in the oil and gas sector and ensure they meet industry standards.

"The programme we are initiating is not a mere agreement on paper. It is a commitment to nurture talent, encourage innovation and build a continuous ecosystem to advance our industry. 

"The collaboration between Pahang Skills and Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS will create a synergy that bridges the gap between academia and industry, and ensure our workforce is equipped with the skills, knowledge and competitiveness as well as the necessary adaptations to grow in this ever-changing landscape," he said.

He was speaking at the MoU signing ceremony between EPOMS director, Dato' Mohd Pathil Ahmad, Pahang Skills executive director, Mohd Yusri Mohd Nor, and PETRONAS University of Technology vice chancellor, Prof Dato' Ts. Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim Abdul Mutalib, here today.

It was also witnessed by Pahang Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, who told reporters that the MoU is a significant effort to benefit the parties involved.

"Pahang is always prepared to cooperate. We are ready to work with any company that benefits the people of Pahang," he said.

According to a statement from EPOMS, the collaboration will involve the company taking the lead in creating new training modules to ensure seamless execution of the programme, encompassing both theoretical knowledge and practical application.

As for Pahang Skills, it will design short-term programmes, professional competency certificates, and diplomas while Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS will play an important role in providing electronic training materials for the course through CAPE.

This programme is expected to enhance participants' marketability by providing a well-rounded blend of classroom learning and hands-on training and equip Malaysian Skills Certificate graduates with fundamental knowledge and skills aligned to the evolving needs and technological advancements in the oil and gas industry.

EPOMS, which was established in 2012, is the main service provider for the operation and maintenance of coastal facilities that cover the entire network of the country's oil and gas industry, from pre-production to post-production activities.

Pahang Skills is a statutory body of the Pahang state government established in 1994 offering skills and technology-based training.

Whereas, CAPE, which was established in 2016, provides professional short courses and modules.


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