Education ministry signs partnership agreement with O&G players

Education Minister Maszlee Malik (centre), representatives from the four O&G companies and officials at the signing ceremony.

PUTRAJAYA: The education ministry today signed a strategic partnership agreement with four oil and gas (O&G) companies to widen job prospects for polytechnic and community college graduates.

The partnership is an initiative to provide opportunities for graduates in the O&G field by bringing the four industry players into a focus group.

The companies are EEW Malaysia, Dynac Group, Malaysia Marine Heavy Engineering, and Brooke Dockyard and Engineering Works.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Education Minister Maszlee Malik said this is the first focus group under the initiative.

He said that by grouping businesses into such groups, it would be possible to address issues specific to the industry, achieve greater efficiency and drive better synergy in the initiative.

“Having focus is indeed a critical factor for any success, especially when we are moving towards having an industry-led and industry-certified framework for technical and vocational education and training.

“If the accountancy profession has ACCA, CIMA, MICPA and others, I hope today’s TVET O&G cluster will lead to a similarly dedicated group that strives to make education and training in the industry world-class and forward-looking,” he said.

The signing ceremony at Putrajaya International Convention Centre was attended by Thorsten Petermann, managing director of EEW Malaysia; Jasman Bongkek, Dynac Group CEO; Mashitah Wan Abdullah Sani, managing director and CEO of Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering; and Tajul Ariff, head of KL Office Operation, Brooke Dockyard & Engineering Works.

Also present were Abdul Rahman Mohamed Shariff from the Industrial Secretariat, TVET Cabinet Empowerment Committee, and Mohammad Naim Yaakub, director of the Polytechnic and Community College Department.