The PRODIGY (Program for the Development of Ingenious Young Talents) initiative welcomed its second intake of participants on 26 April 2015. This programme aims to flood the Oil & Gas industry with ready-made talents to ensure long-term sustainability of local experts in Malaysia. PRODIGY received more than 2,000 online applications for participation, of which 36 were accepted for the second intake of this programme.
PRODIGY’s long-term goal is to increase employment among Malaysians and eventually export local talents abroad. The programme has extended its scope to include training on Drilling as well as the existing modules for Petroleum Engineering and Process & Operations.
The registration for the second batch took place at INSTEP, Batu Rakit, Terengganu on 26 April 2015. The onboarding program commenced with an engagement session with INSTEP’s top management and also a representative from Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), followed by teambuilding session.
INSTEP’s General Manager, Encik Azmee Osman, welcomed the participants and shared on the roles and responsibilities of INSTEP, as well as the role as the Programme Manager of PRODIGY. He also emphasized the Programme Manager’s expectations of the participants from programme kick-off until graduation.
Puan Dalia Ahmad, the representative from Malaysia Petroleum Management (MPM), shared on the Petroleum Arrangement Contractors’ (PAC) and MPM’s expectation for the participants. Her speech emphasized on MPM’s role in managing and steering the overall domestic exploration and production activities in Malaysia, the intent of PRODIGY and what MPM together with the exploration and production industry is trying to achieve through this initiative.
Another key part of the orientation brought participants to SK Manek Urai Lama, Kelantan, where they helped motivate the students and helped with some refurbishment work at the school. The exercise aimed to nurture humility and character for these characters.
This prestigious program includes classroom training at INSTEP for a duration of between 2 to 6 months depending on the participants’ respective disciplines. The participants have successfully completed their BOSIET training on 4 June 2015 and are currently undergoing their technical training programs. Upon completion, participants will be sent for field assignments at various locations such as offshore producing platforms, fabrication yards, drilling rigs and the Operator’s office.
Ahmad Zhafran bin Ahmad Redzuan, participant (Drilling) and a graduate from UTP in Mechanical Engineering, says he is eager to be a part of this programme and to work alongside experienced professionals. He also believes that the learning and training provided here would make him a better engineer.
Another eager participant, Lim Jun Xin a graduate of Chemical Engineering UMS, says that the practical training and exposure that PRODIGY provides accelerates his learning curve.
Michelle Jemang, another participant in PRODIGY, says that the program is very attractive as it involves the participation of major oil and gas players in Malaysia. PRODIGY is one of its kind and promises a promising and exciting career ahead. She believes that the programme will succeed in producing competent full-fledged engineers who are ready for the challenges in the industry.
Published on 15/7/2015