Agreement Signing & Exchange Ceremony for PRODIGY between INSTEP with PACs and SCs



The Program for Development of Ingenious Young Talents (PRODIGY) Agreement Signing & Exchange Ceremony between INSTEP as the Program Manager of PRODIGY and 13 Petroleum Arrangement Contractors (PACs) and 4 major Service Contractors (SCs) was held on 14 April 2015, at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.

PRODIGY is a concerted initiative between PETRONAS and PACs to encourage local capability building for fresh graduate engineers in the Upstream Oil and Gas (O&G) industry to ensure continuous supply of local talents in Malaysia. Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) was given the responsibility by PETRONAS and PACs as the Programme Manager for its credibility in technical training.


This prestigious signing ceremony was witnessed by Pn. Raiha Azni Abdul Rahman, SVP of Group HRM and En. Adif Zulkifli, VP of Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM). The first signing ceremony was between INSTEP and Country Head of PACs, sponsors for PRODIGY’s first batch participants. The second signing ceremony was between INSTEP and SCs, a strategic collaboration in ensuring top quality on-the-job training for PRODIGY participants.

Among the attendees for this ceremony were Datuk Anuar Taib, SVP Upstream Malaysia, Datuk Johari Dasri, Vice President Production Malaysia, Management representative from TalentCorp and Malaysian Petroleum Resources Corporation (MPRC), Country Heads/representatives from all 26 PACs operating in Malaysia, Country Heads of participating SCs, Board Member of INSTEP, MPM’s Management, PRODIGY Operational Steering Committee (POSC) members, PRODIGY Technical Review Committee (PTRC) members, HR Manager of all PACs as well as the first batch PRODIGY participants.


En Bacho stated that, “PRODIGY is a strategic collaboration between PETRONAS (led by MPM) and PACs and it is an industry-driven effort. We are developing a pool of local talents because talent development is something that we cannot neglect. What so special about PRODIGY is that the framework, syllabus, on the job training, placement etc. were developed collaboratively by MPM, INSTEP and PACs. This allows vast exposure for PRODIGY participants and gives them opportunities to gain industry’s best practices through hands-on training at various facilities and environment.”

He also gave a special thanks to participating SCs for their continuous support by accepting placement for PRODIGY participants to be attached at their facilities.


Puan Raiha in her speech added that, “The O&G industry players need to be agile to respond to market dynamics, however managing critical talents should remain our focus as talent is the key asset that can make or break company in delivering the business objectives. Thus PRODIGY is one.”

As the Chairman of INSTEP’s Board, Puan Raiha also emphasised on INSTEP’s commitment in ensuring the vision of this programme is achieved. Part of INSTEP’s effort are continuously improving their facilities, for example, having the first class facilities with the establishment of the Upstream and Downstream Training Plant (UDTP). INSTEP will continuously pursuing accreditation from internationally recognised accreditation bodies i.e. BTEC, OPITO etc.


En Adif emphasised that, “We can have more initiatives to drive local capability development of Malaysians in the oil & Gas industry, and it should never stop with PRODIGY only. We should all start looking at opportunities to have local sitting at higher positions in the organisation.”

He also accentuated that continuous commitment for PRODIGY will benefit the industry in the long run. This is to ensure the long term sustainability of talents in the O&G industry in Malaysia, to create more professional Malaysians which in turn will assist our nation to achieve vision 2020.


Representative from PRODIGY participants, Mr. Raj has also gave a touching speech that focuses on their gratefulness for have been selected as PRODIGY participant and how they have gained so much knowledge for the past eight months being in PRODIGY.

At the end of his speech, all PRODIGY participants, led by Mr. Raj have made this ikrar:
“We, donning the PRODIGY iron vest, will strive to be the best among the rest, trained within the PRODIGY nest under hest in making history by competing with the skills and knowledge of the west.”


Published on 24/4/2015