"It is Petronas' hope that the facility will help more qualified Sabah youths to find employment and benefit from the industry's value chain," said Petronas Vice President of Petroleum Management, Ramlan A. Malek.
"In coming years, the training centre is expected to support government efforts to reduce the foreign workforce in the local industries."
He said this after the launching of KTC at its temporary campus in Membakut Jaya, here, Sunday.
Local youths now do not have to leave the State to acquire skills and knowledge to work in the oil and gas industry with the setting up of the KTC. The temporary campus is situated at shoplots of Membakut Jaya which Petronas is renting for two years while waiting for its permanent campus next to the Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal (SOGT) in Kimanis that is scheduled to be ready by 2013.
Petronas Sabah and Labuan General Manager, Joseph Podtung, said local youths do not have to go to the peninsula and Sarawak to take up courses which can qualify them to work in the industry.
"Sabah will be home to a new oil and gas training centre which is currently being built by Petronas with an investment of RM50 million known as KTC. "The permanent campus is being constructed on a two-acre land next to SOGT that can cater to up to 60 trainees.
"Upon completion, Sabah youths can save on costs and time by applying to be enrolled into the KTC that will have intakes in July and January," he said. Foreign Ministry Political Secretary Datuk Norhaidi Che Dan represented Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, who is Kimanis MP, at the event.
Also present were Petronas Management Training Sdn Bhd Chief Executive Officer Khairul Azman Yasin, and Special Officer to Anifah, Datuk Awang Sahak Awang Salleh.
Podtung said those who wish to work offshore and need to go for an induction course can also acquire 'Basic Offshore Safety Emergency Training' (Boset) at the permanent campus of KTC in 2013.
"Presently, we have such facilities to conduct Boset which is like a safety induction course and part of our requirements for those who want to work offshore in Sarawak.
"Therefore, when the KTC permanent campus is completed, the people in Sabah can acquire the Boset requirement at their own backyard."
In addition, he said, the KTC permanent campus will offer part-time and full-time programmes under the framework of the Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM) Levels 2 and 3. These include a two-year full-time Industrial Implementation and Controls programme and a part-time Welding Inspector and Offshore Safety Training programme.
However, he said, the part-time courses are yet to be offered at the temporary campus of KTC, here, due to lack of facilities.
Podtung said the training centre would augment Petronas' existing training efforts in collaboration with other local institutions, namely the Institut Kemahiran Mara (IKM), Industrial Training Institute (ILP), GiatMara in Kimanis, Commerce and Technical Training in Papar and Sabah Foundation College (KYS).