Building lives

THE saying “when there’s a will, there’s a way” rings especially true for Olivia Hassan as she braces her way through various challenges in life for a better career in the energy industry.

Persistent in her learning, Olivia obtained her diploma in 2019, after which she spent time with her mother until she passed away in August the same year. 

With the advancement of technology, Olivia, then an assistant engineer, felt the need to continuously upskill herself to progress in her field.

Despite having a stable job, she decided to register for the Technical Energy Enrichment Programme (TEP) by Institut Teknologi Petroleum Petronas (INSTEP), even though it meant having to resign if she were to be selected.

TEP is a 10-month pre-employment sponsorship programme by Petronas Gas Bhd and Malaysia LNG under INSTEP, designed to develop essential technical competencies with generative culture to produce job-ready technicians.

Internationally recognised as a technical learning solutions partner, INSTEP is highly regarded among talents in the energy industry and beyond.

Being selected as a TEP participant made a significant impact in her life since she started the programme in instrumental trade back in July this year.

“If it weren’t for TEP, I wouldn’t have the financial means or opportunity to further upskill myself and pursue a potential career in the energy industry.

“Since young, I have always been eager to know how things work and enjoyed fixing things hands-on. Having ventured into this progressive and dynamic industry, I endeavour to broaden my knowledge and continuously upskill myself to add value to the industry,” she shared.

After two months of Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT), Olivia is excited to be physically present at INSTEP in Terengganu for classroom and practical training.

“Internet connection was a huge issue for me in Dalat. Now that I’m able to feel and touch the equipment, my learning experience has been uplifted,” she said.

The challenges that come with being a woman in the traditionally male-dominated industry will not deter Olivia to strive for the best.

“It is a rewarding journey as I come to understand my different strengths and weaknesses. The process is a challenging yet holistic and comprehensive one.

“I’m 27 years old with a relatively small built, and the youngest female in a team of five learners here at INSTEP. Fortunately, I get along well with everyone,” she said, recalling her age being commented upon when she wanted to further her studies.

“I strongly believe it’s never too late to learn. Learning a new skill or gaining new qualification will never cause harm to your career but will only make it richer,” she said.

For Muhammad Hamizan Fikri Roslan, it was an apprehensive yet rewarding experience joining the Technician Training Programme (TTP), a bridging programme developed in collaboration between Sarawak Petchem Sdn Bhd and INSTEP.

The second child among four siblings, the 24-year-old Sarawakian has always been fascinated with everything electrical. Following the footsteps of his father as an electrical technician, he enrolled into Kolej Vokasional Bintulu in 2014 after completing his Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) and graduated with a Diploma in Electrical Technology.

Being a part of PETRONAS has always been a dream for him due to the energy and solutions company’s prestigious reputation and global reach.

“Wanting to advance my career, I didn’t think twice about enrolling when I came across the TTP on INSTEP’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

“Even though I was offered the instrumental trade programme due to limited space in the electrical field, I grabbed the chance to challenge myself to become an electrical and instrumental technician after completing the training.

“I still can’t believe I have been chosen as a learner for TTP as the qualification of my vocational diploma certificate is not well known to be a steppingstone to advance,” he said.

He started the TTP programme in August this year and what he enjoyed most was being in INSTEP campus physically, to undergo practical training and handling the equipment hands-on.

Among the challenges was adapting to the instrumentation theories and applications in the beginning as Hamizan’s background is electrical. With the help of dedicated instructors and passionate learners, he saw himself grow and enjoyed the progress.

Hamizan shared that interacting with like-minded peers in a facilitative community has been inspirational as it enabled learners to encourage each other’s endeavours, helping him learn more about himself in terms of leadership capabilities and strengths.

“When it comes to shaping an individual’s career, technical and vocational education training (TVET) is on par with the regular college route.

“Vocational training is proven to effectively prepare individuals for their jobs, and a platform of choice for those who learn better through hands-on teaching and application of theories they have learnt.

“I would strongly advise those who are looking for experiential training through specialised programmes to go for it as the skills and knowledge you learn are yours to keep,” he said.

Committed to being a solutions partner to talents in the energy industry and beyond, INSTEP is passionately pushing boundaries in accelerating competency development through experiential learning, meaningful improvements to quality-of-life, and contributing to business and sustainability developments.

Established in 1981, INSTEP has become an internationally recognised technical learning solutions partner. The signature Bridging Programmes conducted at INSTEP this year have upskilled more than 150 local Sarawakian talents under Technical Energy Enrichment Programme (TEP) and customised Technician Training Programme (TTP). As a technical training arm of PETRONAS, INSTEP helps accelerate Malaysia’s human capital development by providing access to education for local communities and to support the needs of future talents pipeline in line with PETRONAS Sustainability Agenda.

THE saying “when there’s a will, there’s a way” rings especially true for Olivia Hassan as she braces her way through various challenges in life for a better career in the energy industry.

Persistent in her learning, Olivia obtained her diploma in 2019, after which she spent time with her mother until she passed away in August the same year. 

With the advancement of technology, Olivia, then an assistant engineer, felt the need to continuously upskill herself to progress in her field.

Despite having a stable job, she decided to register for the Technical Energy Enrichment Programme (TEP) by Institut Teknologi Petroleum Petronas (INSTEP), even though it meant having to resign if she were to be selected.

TEP is a 10-month pre-employment sponsorship programme by Petronas Gas Bhd and Malaysia LNG under INSTEP, designed to develop essential technical competencies with generative culture to produce job-ready technicians.

Internationally recognised as a technical learning solutions partner, INSTEP is highly regarded among talents in the energy industry and beyond.

Being selected as a TEP participant made a significant impact in her life since she started the programme in instrumental trade back in July this year.

“If it weren’t for TEP, I wouldn’t have the financial means or opportunity to further upskill myself and pursue a potential career in the energy industry.

“Since young, I have always been eager to know how things work and enjoyed fixing things hands-on. Having ventured into this progressive and dynamic industry, I endeavour to broaden my knowledge and continuously upskill myself to add value to the industry,” she shared.

After two months of Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT), Olivia is excited to be physically present at INSTEP in Terengganu for classroom and practical training.

“Internet connection was a huge issue for me in Dalat. Now that I’m able to feel and touch the equipment, my learning experience has been uplifted,” she said.

The challenges that come with being a woman in the traditionally male-dominated industry will not deter Olivia to strive for the best.

“It is a rewarding journey as I come to understand my different strengths and weaknesses. The process is a challenging yet holistic and comprehensive one.

“I’m 27 years old with a relatively small built, and the youngest female in a team of five learners here at INSTEP. Fortunately, I get along well with everyone,” she said, recalling her age being commented upon when she wanted to further her studies.

“I strongly believe it’s never too late to learn. Learning a new skill or gaining new qualification will never cause harm to your career but will only make it richer,” she said.

For Muhammad Hamizan Fikri Roslan, it was an apprehensive yet rewarding experience joining the Technician Training Programme (TTP), a bridging programme developed in collaboration between Sarawak Petchem Sdn Bhd and INSTEP.

The second child among four siblings, the 24-year-old Sarawakian has always been fascinated with everything electrical. Following the footsteps of his father as an electrical technician, he enrolled into Kolej Vokasional Bintulu in 2014 after completing his Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) and graduated with a Diploma in Electrical Technology.

Being a part of PETRONAS has always been a dream for him due to the energy and solutions company’s prestigious reputation and global reach.

“Wanting to advance my career, I didn’t think twice about enrolling when I came across the TTP on INSTEP’s Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

“Even though I was offered the instrumental trade programme due to limited space in the electrical field, I grabbed the chance to challenge myself to become an electrical and instrumental technician after completing the training.

“I still can’t believe I have been chosen as a learner for TTP as the qualification of my vocational diploma certificate is not well known to be a steppingstone to advance,” he said.

He started the TTP programme in August this year and what he enjoyed most was being in INSTEP campus physically, to undergo practical training and handling the equipment hands-on.

Among the challenges was adapting to the instrumentation theories and applications in the beginning as Hamizan’s background is electrical. With the help of dedicated instructors and passionate learners, he saw himself grow and enjoyed the progress.

Hamizan shared that interacting with like-minded peers in a facilitative community has been inspirational as it enabled learners to encourage each other’s endeavours, helping him learn more about himself in terms of leadership capabilities and strengths.

“When it comes to shaping an individual’s career, technical and vocational education training (TVET) is on par with the regular college route.

“Vocational training is proven to effectively prepare individuals for their jobs, and a platform of choice for those who learn better through hands-on teaching and application of theories they have learnt.

“I would strongly advise those who are looking for experiential training through specialised programmes to go for it as the skills and knowledge you learn are yours to keep,” he said.

Committed to being a solutions partner to talents in the energy industry and beyond, INSTEP is passionately pushing boundaries in accelerating competency development through experiential learning, meaningful improvements to quality-of-life, and contributing to business and sustainability developments.

Established in 1981, INSTEP has become an internationally recognised technical learning solutions partner. The signature Bridging Programmes conducted at INSTEP this year have upskilled more than 150 local Sarawakian talents under Technical Energy Enrichment Programme (TEP) and customised Technician Training Programme (TTP). As a technical training arm of PETRONAS, INSTEP helps accelerate Malaysia’s human capital development by providing access to education for local communities and to support the needs of future talents pipeline in line with PETRONAS Sustainability Agenda.

Second win for RoSPA Health and Safety Award!

Second win! Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) has once again been awarded the Gold Award in The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health and Safety Awards for year 2021!

Committed to accident prevention and organisational safety performance, RoSPA is the UK’s longest-running health and safety industry award scheme, with nearly 2,000 entrants from across the globe and a reach of over 7 million employees, making it one of the most prestigious and recognised schemes for health and safety worldwide.

Over the past number of years, we have been dedicated to adopting and implementing the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy within the organisation and its employees. By setting clear goals for HSE Key Performance Indicator (KPI) and organising quarterly Generative HSSE Culture, the right safety behaviour and culture can be developed among workforce.

In the recent quarter of the year, we have particularly focused on the physical and mental health of our employees, as the new norm of working environment has caused considerable impacts in our lives. For example, we’ve held a few unplugging sessions, virtual Zumba session, awareness talks and so on. These activities have provided an ideal platform for staff to get to know one another better, and the best thing is, making sure our physical health stays in the spotlight.

Winning the RoSPA Gold Award substantiates our commitment in the organisation’s well-developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, plus outstanding management of risk of injuries and damage to properties with very low level of error, harm, and loss. We will continuously reflect the ever-changing nature of health and safety to keep us aligned with best HSE practice, and to strive for better achievement and success in the future.

Since INSTEP’s establishment four decades ago, we continuously demonstrate excellent occupational safety & health performance by embracing the value of “Progressing together towards Generative Culture”. The concerted effort has been defined through winning a few notable accolades such as Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety and Health (MSOSH) 2017, 2018, and 2019 and RoSPA Gold Award 2020.

Second win! Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) has once again been awarded the Gold Award in The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) Health and Safety Awards for year 2021!

Committed to accident prevention and organisational safety performance, RoSPA is the UK’s longest-running health and safety industry award scheme, with nearly 2,000 entrants from across the globe and a reach of over 7 million employees, making it one of the most prestigious and recognised schemes for health and safety worldwide.

Over the past number of years, we have been dedicated to adopting and implementing the Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Policy within the organisation and its employees. By setting clear goals for HSE Key Performance Indicator (KPI) and organising quarterly Generative HSSE Culture, the right safety behaviour and culture can be developed among workforce.

In the recent quarter of the year, we have particularly focused on the physical and mental health of our employees, as the new norm of working environment has caused considerable impacts in our lives. For example, we’ve held a few unplugging sessions, virtual Zumba session, awareness talks and so on. These activities have provided an ideal platform for staff to get to know one another better, and the best thing is, making sure our physical health stays in the spotlight.

Winning the RoSPA Gold Award substantiates our commitment in the organisation’s well-developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, plus outstanding management of risk of injuries and damage to properties with very low level of error, harm, and loss. We will continuously reflect the ever-changing nature of health and safety to keep us aligned with best HSE practice, and to strive for better achievement and success in the future.

Since INSTEP’s establishment four decades ago, we continuously demonstrate excellent occupational safety & health performance by embracing the value of “Progressing together towards Generative Culture”. The concerted effort has been defined through winning a few notable accolades such as Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety and Health (MSOSH) 2017, 2018, and 2019 and RoSPA Gold Award 2020.

INSTEP Wins Prestigious International Institution Accolade at the BTEC Awards 2021

Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) was awarded the prestigious Silver BTEC Award for International Institution of the Year 2021 for the first time ever. The achievement was celebrated at the 11th anniversary of Pearson’s annual BTEC Awards hosted online on 7th July 2021 at 2pm (British Summer Time).

Commenting on INSTEP’s achievement, PETRONAS Senior Vice President of Group Human Resource Management, Farehana Hanapiah, who is also the Board Chairperson of PETRONAS Technical Training Sdn Bhd (PTTSB), said, “PETRONAS continuously advocates for education and human capital development, aligned with our Purpose as a ‘progressive energy and solutions partner, enriching lives for a sustainable future’.

“I am immensely proud of INSTEP’s achievement as the Silver Award for International Institution of the Year 2021. This is INSTEP’s very first win and we are honoured to receive this award. Winning this award substantiates INSTEPs relentless effort in progressively delivering BTEC qualifications since 2014, and PETRONAS strong commitment to human capital investments despite the challenges faced during these unprecedented times.”

BTEC, also known as Business and Technology Education Council, is an international accreditation body which focuses on technical expertise. Nearly a million learners across the globe completed BTEC courses over the past year; the career-focused qualifications are a vital route for those pursuing careers in sectors such as IT, business, the creative industries, healthcare, engineering, construction and future industries. This is especially important in the current context as the UK responds to the global pandemic and looks to kickstart projects to speed economic recovery.

INSTEP has been playing its vital role as an internationally-recognised technical learning institution in designing and delivering BTEC Self-Regulated Framework (SRF) qualifications to meet the Oil & Gas industry learners’ needs. To date, INSTEP has certified 1,438 BTEC Level 2 learners and 2,357 BTEC Level 3 learners under its Bridging Programmes: Technical Energy Enrichment Programme (TEP) for PETRONAS as well as customised TEP for international clients such as Oil Search Limited (OSL), Papua New Guinea and Production Operation Training (POT), Iraq.

As PETRONAS’ technical learning arm, INSTEP has been playing its vital role by constantly providing a steady stream of sustainable talent pipeline to the industry. INSTEP designs training pathways to progressively strengthen our learners’ competencies through blended learning approach, which encompasses face-to-face classroom learning, hands-on training at practical workshops, experiential learning at INSTEP’s world class Upstream Downstream Training Plant (UDTP), as well as On-the-Job training at the commercial plant.

Other than technical learning, INSTEP, as a wholesome learning solutions partner, provides opportunity for learners to fully explore the beauty of Malaysia and blend into our culture and local community. The fully furnished supporting facilities at INSTEP, such as sports facilities, in-house clinic, cafeteria and accommodation render a wholesome learning experience to our learners, who are well taken care of throughout their transformational learning journey at INSTEP.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, INSTEP swiftly adjusted to the new norm and embraced the opportunity by providing digital learning solutions via Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) to upskill technical workforce virtually to ensure competency in managing day-to-day operations. To date, a total of 886 programmes were successfully delivered via VILT, upskilling more than 10,000 learners.

Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President of BTEC and Apprenticeships at Pearson, said, “2021 has been another extraordinary year for our BTEC learners, tutors, teachers, colleges and schools and I am delighted that today we are able to come together and celebrate this year’s winners – and all the individuals who will be awarded a BTEC qualification this year. The hard work and commitment demonstrated by our award winners, all of whom have achieved great things during a time of unprecedented disruption, is extraordinary and I am proud that we are able to celebrate their achievements.”

Missed the online award ceremony? Catch the replay here!

Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) was awarded the prestigious Silver BTEC Award for International Institution of the Year 2021 for the first time ever. The achievement was celebrated at the 11th anniversary of Pearson’s annual BTEC Awards hosted online on 7th July 2021 at 2pm (British Summer Time).

Commenting on INSTEP’s achievement, PETRONAS Senior Vice President of Group Human Resource Management, Farehana Hanapiah, who is also the Board Chairperson of PETRONAS Technical Training Sdn Bhd (PTTSB), said, “PETRONAS continuously advocates for education and human capital development, aligned with our Purpose as a ‘progressive energy and solutions partner, enriching lives for a sustainable future’.

“I am immensely proud of INSTEP’s achievement as the Silver Award for International Institution of the Year 2021. This is INSTEP’s very first win and we are honoured to receive this award. Winning this award substantiates INSTEPs relentless effort in progressively delivering BTEC qualifications since 2014, and PETRONAS strong commitment to human capital investments despite the challenges faced during these unprecedented times.”

BTEC, also known as Business and Technology Education Council, is an international accreditation body which focuses on technical expertise. Nearly a million learners across the globe completed BTEC courses over the past year; the career-focused qualifications are a vital route for those pursuing careers in sectors such as IT, business, the creative industries, healthcare, engineering, construction and future industries. This is especially important in the current context as the UK responds to the global pandemic and looks to kickstart projects to speed economic recovery.

INSTEP has been playing its vital role as an internationally-recognised technical learning institution in designing and delivering BTEC Self-Regulated Framework (SRF) qualifications to meet the Oil & Gas industry learners’ needs. To date, INSTEP has certified 1,438 BTEC Level 2 learners and 2,357 BTEC Level 3 learners under its Bridging Programmes: Technical Energy Enrichment Programme (TEP) for PETRONAS as well as customised TEP for international clients such as Oil Search Limited (OSL), Papua New Guinea and Production Operation Training (POT), Iraq.

As PETRONAS’ technical learning arm, INSTEP has been playing its vital role by constantly providing a steady stream of sustainable talent pipeline to the industry. INSTEP designs training pathways to progressively strengthen our learners’ competencies through blended learning approach, which encompasses face-to-face classroom learning, hands-on training at practical workshops, experiential learning at INSTEP’s world class Upstream Downstream Training Plant (UDTP), as well as On-the-Job training at the commercial plant.

Other than technical learning, INSTEP, as a wholesome learning solutions partner, provides opportunity for learners to fully explore the beauty of Malaysia and blend into our culture and local community. The fully furnished supporting facilities at INSTEP, such as sports facilities, in-house clinic, cafeteria and accommodation render a wholesome learning experience to our learners, who are well taken care of throughout their transformational learning journey at INSTEP.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, INSTEP swiftly adjusted to the new norm and embraced the opportunity by providing digital learning solutions via Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT) to upskill technical workforce virtually to ensure competency in managing day-to-day operations. To date, a total of 886 programmes were successfully delivered via VILT, upskilling more than 10,000 learners.

Cindy Rampersaud, Senior Vice President of BTEC and Apprenticeships at Pearson, said, “2021 has been another extraordinary year for our BTEC learners, tutors, teachers, colleges and schools and I am delighted that today we are able to come together and celebrate this year’s winners – and all the individuals who will be awarded a BTEC qualification this year. The hard work and commitment demonstrated by our award winners, all of whom have achieved great things during a time of unprecedented disruption, is extraordinary and I am proud that we are able to celebrate their achievements.”

Missed the online award ceremony? Catch the replay here!

PTTSB won PMHA for Notable Achievement Award in Environmental Performance!

PETRONAS Technical Training Sdn Bhd (PTTSB) won its first ever sustainability recognition by achieving the Prime Minister’s Hibiscus Award (PMHA) for Notable Achievement Award in Environmental Performance for the year 2019/2020.

The Prime Minister’s Hibiscus Award, first launched in 1996, is the premier private sector environmental award for business and industry in Malaysia. It assists enterprises in identifying areas for improvement in environmental management for these industries. This award also presents an opportunity or public recognition of business and industry’s environmental accomplishment and leadership, as well as to create environmental awareness amongst enterprises that have yet to demonstrate environmental stewardship.

Being conferred as one of the most prestigious Malaysian Environmental Stewardship, PTTSB has clear demonstration of stewardship in the quest for sustainable development. One of the main sustainability acts is the implementation of food composting technology in 2020, which aims to transform food waste into bio-organic fertiliser for plantation and greening the INSTEP campus.

Another notable sustainable act by PTTSB was the implementation of CAPEXLESS High Efficiency Equipment Upgrade under Smart Energy Efficiency (SEE) project in INSTEP, which enables INSTEP to save approximately 407,880 kWh per year of energy consumption, equivalent to a reduction of carbon dioxide emission by 283 tonnes per year.

The leaders of PTTSB presented an award speech on the Prime Minister’s Hibiscus Award Virtual Event.

Rallying to PETRONAS’s commitment to Sustainability Development Agenda and net zero carbon emission by 2050, PTTSB aspires to step out into new energy and green agenda, with strong transition to a sustainability living space to create a sustainable future while enriching energy workforce. 

PETRONAS Technical Training Sdn Bhd (PTTSB) won its first ever sustainability recognition by achieving the Prime Minister’s Hibiscus Award (PMHA) for Notable Achievement Award in Environmental Performance for the year 2019/2020.

The Prime Minister’s Hibiscus Award, first launched in 1996, is the premier private sector environmental award for business and industry in Malaysia. It assists enterprises in identifying areas for improvement in environmental management for these industries. This award also presents an opportunity or public recognition of business and industry’s environmental accomplishment and leadership, as well as to create environmental awareness amongst enterprises that have yet to demonstrate environmental stewardship.

Being conferred as one of the most prestigious Malaysian Environmental Stewardship, PTTSB has clear demonstration of stewardship in the quest for sustainable development. One of the main sustainability acts is the implementation of food composting technology in 2020, which aims to transform food waste into bio-organic fertiliser for plantation and greening the INSTEP campus.

Another notable sustainable act by PTTSB was the implementation of CAPEXLESS High Efficiency Equipment Upgrade under Smart Energy Efficiency (SEE) project in INSTEP, which enables INSTEP to save approximately 407,880 kWh per year of energy consumption, equivalent to a reduction of carbon dioxide emission by 283 tonnes per year.

The leaders of PTTSB presented an award speech on the Prime Minister’s Hibiscus Award Virtual Event.

Rallying to PETRONAS’s commitment to Sustainability Development Agenda and net zero carbon emission by 2050, PTTSB aspires to step out into new energy and green agenda, with strong transition to a sustainability living space to create a sustainable future while enriching energy workforce. 

Innovate Now by Turning Physical Training Challenges into Virtual Winning Solutions

When the pandemic reached the Malaysian shores, Movement Control Order (MCO) was announced and came into effect on 18 March 2020. While many were scrambling to find ways to continue business, Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) saw it as an opportunity.

As PETRONAS’ technical learning solutions partner, INSTEP has closely collaborated with Upstream HSSE (UHSSE) on Permit to Work (PTW) competency training since April 2018, wherein INSTEP has been appointed as the training provider for all PTW Level 2 and Level 3 training programmes. PTW is an essential and basic HSSE training programme that certifies both PETRONAS staff and contractors to be competent in commissioning any work, be it onshore or offshore. However, the restriction of physical training due to MCO halted the training programmes, including PTW, and hence putting the industrial safety and operational excellence at risk, when the personnel could not be certified and assignments were put on hold as well.

This was unthinkable to both the INSTEP and UHSSE teams, thus both parties immediately sprung into action by having PTW training programmes being delivered via Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT). All the arising issues and importance of PTW training programme were deliberated thoroughly with potential risks and consequences being assessed in supporting the ongoing operations and business demands. The outcome from the series of discussion led to the adaptation of PTW training modules into VILT delivery and was first piloted to several learners, instructors and observers to gather their feedback.

With PTW training programme now being delivered via VILT, that blends the best of interactive live classroom training and the convenient of virtual engagement with learners in online and offline activities, all staff and contractors have been successfully certified.

“Both parties continuously push the boundaries and explore innovative solutions during this unprecedented time to continuously upskill our workforce virtually via VILT PTW Level 2 and Level 3 training programmes,” proudly exclaimed Datuk Joseph Podtung, Head of UHSSE, who was impressed with the team’s courage to act. Bearing the concept of “progress over perfection”, VILT PTW was officially delivered to all PETRONAS staff and contractors since June 2020, and as of November 2020, about 1,700 learners have enrolled for VILT PTW Level 2 and Level 3 (New and Refresher) training programmes.

 “This strong partnership between INSTEP and UHSSE is an avid demonstration of Innovate Now and Courage to Act, which the team was willing to challenge the new norms and take calculated risks in progressing over perfection,” said Mr. Idris Ibrahim, INSTEP Chief Executive Officer, who complimented the team’s enterprise mindset. A virtual signing ceremony was held on 3 December 2020 between INSTEP and UHSSE to officialise the virtual design and delivery of PTW Level 2 and Level 3 (New and Refresher) training programmes moving forward.

As an addendum to the original agreement, this marks the official virtual design and delivery of PTW training programmes to all staff and contractors.

With Customer Focused at the core of our business, INSTEP remains committed and dedicated in continuously upskilling the technical workforce virtually in the midst of this unprecedented time, because we care about your technical competencies.

When the pandemic reached the Malaysian shores, Movement Control Order (MCO) was announced and came into effect on 18 March 2020. While many were scrambling to find ways to continue business, Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) saw it as an opportunity.

As PETRONAS’ technical learning solutions partner, INSTEP has closely collaborated with Upstream HSSE (UHSSE) on Permit to Work (PTW) competency training since April 2018, wherein INSTEP has been appointed as the training provider for all PTW Level 2 and Level 3 training programmes. PTW is an essential and basic HSSE training programme that certifies both PETRONAS staff and contractors to be competent in commissioning any work, be it onshore or offshore. However, the restriction of physical training due to MCO halted the training programmes, including PTW, and hence putting the industrial safety and operational excellence at risk, when the personnel could not be certified and assignments were put on hold as well.

This was unthinkable to both the INSTEP and UHSSE teams, thus both parties immediately sprung into action by having PTW training programmes being delivered via Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT). All the arising issues and importance of PTW training programme were deliberated thoroughly with potential risks and consequences being assessed in supporting the ongoing operations and business demands. The outcome from the series of discussion led to the adaptation of PTW training modules into VILT delivery and was first piloted to several learners, instructors and observers to gather their feedback.

With PTW training programme now being delivered via VILT, that blends the best of interactive live classroom training and the convenient of virtual engagement with learners in online and offline activities, all staff and contractors have been successfully certified.

“Both parties continuously push the boundaries and explore innovative solutions during this unprecedented time to continuously upskill our workforce virtually via VILT PTW Level 2 and Level 3 training programmes,” proudly exclaimed Datuk Joseph Podtung, Head of UHSSE, who was impressed with the team’s courage to act. Bearing the concept of “progress over perfection”, VILT PTW was officially delivered to all PETRONAS staff and contractors since June 2020, and as of November 2020, about 1,700 learners have enrolled for VILT PTW Level 2 and Level 3 (New and Refresher) training programmes.

 “This strong partnership between INSTEP and UHSSE is an avid demonstration of Innovate Now and Courage to Act, which the team was willing to challenge the new norms and take calculated risks in progressing over perfection,” said Mr. Idris Ibrahim, INSTEP Chief Executive Officer, who complimented the team’s enterprise mindset. A virtual signing ceremony was held on 3 December 2020 between INSTEP and UHSSE to officialise the virtual design and delivery of PTW Level 2 and Level 3 (New and Refresher) training programmes moving forward.

As an addendum to the original agreement, this marks the official virtual design and delivery of PTW training programmes to all staff and contractors.

With Customer Focused at the core of our business, INSTEP remains committed and dedicated in continuously upskilling the technical workforce virtually in the midst of this unprecedented time, because we care about your technical competencies.

We’re A RoSPA Winner!

Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) is the proud winner of 2020 The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)! 

Committed to accident prevention, RoSPA is the only UK charity to work across occupational health and safety, and road, home, leisure and educational safety. Being conferred as the Gold Award winner signifies INSTEP clear demonstration of well-developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, plus outstanding control of risk with very low level of error, harm and loss.

This international award has added on to list of excellent occupational safety & health performance accolades such as Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety and Health (MSOSH) 2017 and 2018. INSTEP’s concerted effort and commitment in embracing the value of “Good HSSE is Good Business” and “Together we progress towards Generative HSSE Culture” are examples of Focused Execution and Shared Success among the teams.

Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) is the proud winner of 2020 The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)! 

Committed to accident prevention, RoSPA is the only UK charity to work across occupational health and safety, and road, home, leisure and educational safety. Being conferred as the Gold Award winner signifies INSTEP clear demonstration of well-developed occupational health and safety management systems and culture, plus outstanding control of risk with very low level of error, harm and loss.

This international award has added on to list of excellent occupational safety & health performance accolades such as Malaysian Society for Occupational Safety and Health (MSOSH) 2017 and 2018. INSTEP’s concerted effort and commitment in embracing the value of “Good HSSE is Good Business” and “Together we progress towards Generative HSSE Culture” are examples of Focused Execution and Shared Success among the teams.

INSTEP As Technology Acceleration Enabler in PETRONAS 5G Project

Supporting PETRONAS growth strategy into digitalisation space, Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) has always supported the research & development of latest industry & technology solutions in the energy industry by capitalising on our world-class facilities and experienced industry experts. 

Working hand-in-hand with Project Delivery & Technology (PD&T) team and PETRONAS Research Sdn. Bhd. (PRSB), INSTEP is honoured to be the first testing facility for 5G deployment in oil & gas industry through the 3-month feasibility study on remote controlling and monitoring of INSTEP’s Upstream Downstream Training Plant (UDTP) Water System from PRSB via fibre optic, coupled with CCTVs, drones, head mounted, and AnyMal (platform robot). 5G project is one of PETRONAS oil & gas transformation and digitalisation initiative aiming to improve operation & production, implement remote monitoring and diagnostic, and improve workers’ safety and security.

INSTEP’s world-class facilities, in particular, UDTP, being the first-of-its-kind in the world, simulates real plant experiential learning to generate job-ready engineers & technicians. The real-world simulation of Upstream and Downstream plant scenarios in a safe environment has made UDTP a suitable testbed to test and pilot new & innovative technology deployment in safe operating conditions before the full commercial application. INSTEP is forever ready to support and accelerate PETRONAS Technology Readiness assessment by actively stepping up to play our role as the Technology Acceleration Enabler. 

Also present at the live demonstration were (left to right):

  • Che Ahmad Tarmizi, Head of PETRONAS East Coast 

  • Dr. Nasir Darman, Chief Technology Officer of Group Research & Technology PD&T

  • Idris Ibrahim, Chief Executive Officer of PETRONAS Technical Training Sdn. Bhd.

  • Dr. Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek, Chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

  • YB Ustaz Ahmad Shah Bin Muhamed, Deputy Chairperson of Local Government, Housing, Health and Environment, Terengganu State Executive Council

  • YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia

  • YB Ustaz Ariffin Bin Deraman, Chairperson of Tourism, Culture and Information Technology, Terengganu State Executive Council

  • YB Dr. Haji Alias Bin Razak, Chairperson of Local Government, Housing, Health and Environment, Terengganu State Executive Council

  • YB Ir Saiful Azmi Suhaili, Deputy Chairperson of Infrastructure, Public Facilities, Utilities and Green Technology, Terengganu State Executive Council

Since 5G network is a key national infrastructure play for Malaysia in driving its economic growth to digital economy, PETRONAS’ 5G project has attracted the attention of Yang Berhormat Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, and Dr. Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek, Chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). Their visit to INSTEP for live demonstration of 5G deployment has demonstrated their utmost concern and support for the 5G technology to be an enabler in propelling the nation’s digital transformation agenda moving forward.

“Nation’s pride” – the statement penned down by Yang Berhormat Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia.

Supporting PETRONAS growth strategy into digitalisation space, Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) has always supported the research & development of latest industry & technology solutions in the energy industry by capitalising on our world-class facilities and experienced industry experts. 

Working hand-in-hand with Project Delivery & Technology (PD&T) team and PETRONAS Research Sdn. Bhd. (PRSB), INSTEP is honoured to be the first testing facility for 5G deployment in oil & gas industry through the 3-month feasibility study on remote controlling and monitoring of INSTEP’s Upstream Downstream Training Plant (UDTP) Water System from PRSB via fibre optic, coupled with CCTVs, drones, head mounted, and AnyMal (platform robot). 5G project is one of PETRONAS oil & gas transformation and digitalisation initiative aiming to improve operation & production, implement remote monitoring and diagnostic, and improve workers’ safety and security.

INSTEP’s world-class facilities, in particular, UDTP, being the first-of-its-kind in the world, simulates real plant experiential learning to generate job-ready engineers & technicians. The real-world simulation of Upstream and Downstream plant scenarios in a safe environment has made UDTP a suitable testbed to test and pilot new & innovative technology deployment in safe operating conditions before the full commercial application. INSTEP is forever ready to support and accelerate PETRONAS Technology Readiness assessment by actively stepping up to play our role as the Technology Acceleration Enabler. 

Also present at the live demonstration were (left to right):

  • Che Ahmad Tarmizi, Head of PETRONAS East Coast 

  • Dr. Nasir Darman, Chief Technology Officer of Group Research & Technology PD&T

  • Idris Ibrahim, Chief Executive Officer of PETRONAS Technical Training Sdn. Bhd.

  • Dr. Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek, Chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC)

  • YB Ustaz Ahmad Shah Bin Muhamed, Deputy Chairperson of Local Government, Housing, Health and Environment, Terengganu State Executive Council

  • YB Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia

  • YB Ustaz Ariffin Bin Deraman, Chairperson of Tourism, Culture and Information Technology, Terengganu State Executive Council

  • YB Dr. Haji Alias Bin Razak, Chairperson of Local Government, Housing, Health and Environment, Terengganu State Executive Council

  • YB Ir Saiful Azmi Suhaili, Deputy Chairperson of Infrastructure, Public Facilities, Utilities and Green Technology, Terengganu State Executive Council

Since 5G network is a key national infrastructure play for Malaysia in driving its economic growth to digital economy, PETRONAS’ 5G project has attracted the attention of Yang Berhormat Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, and Dr. Fadhlullah Suhaimi Abdul Malek, Chairman of Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). Their visit to INSTEP for live demonstration of 5G deployment has demonstrated their utmost concern and support for the 5G technology to be an enabler in propelling the nation’s digital transformation agenda moving forward.

“Nation’s pride” – the statement penned down by Yang Berhormat Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, Minister of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia.

INSTEP Carved Another Milestone in West Africa!

All smiles for the successful milestone carved between INSTEP and GNPC!

 

Kicking start the new decade of 2020s strongly, Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) has added The Gambia to our belt of international clients, which makes The Gambia our second West African country following our strategic partnership with Senegal in July 2019.

 

This significant milestone of INSTEP’s involvement in West Africa was carved when both parties signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the provision of technical training programme in accelerating the human capital development of The Gambia.

(Left) MoU signing ceremony between GNPC and INSTEP; from left to right: Mr. Sarjo Sama, GNPC Assistant Manager Legal Affairs; Mrs. Isatou Auber-Faal, GNPC Deputy Managing Director; Mr. Idris Ibrahim, INSTEP CEO; Mr. M Asri Omar, INSTEP Head of Marketing & Sales Division.

The signatories for the agreement were INSTEP Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Idris Ibrahim and Deputy Managing Director of Gambia National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Mrs. Isatou Auber-Faal. GNPC is the business arm of The Gambia government within the downstream petroleum sector, which operates through distributing petroleum products such as petrol, gasoil, car oil and related products.

“This agreement signifies PETRONAS’ continuous involvement in West Africa and INSTEP is committed to being the solutions partner in empowering the local people’s capability,” said Mr. Idris Ibrahim, INSTEP CEO. This cooperation between both parties covers the entire value chain of the oil & gas industry through delivering customised niche programmes that will build the local people’s technical competencies. This is in support of PETRONAS’ upstream ventures and potential growth in the region.

(Top left) One of the GNPC delegates experienced Virtual Reality, which showcases INSTEP’s learning technology. (Top right) Prior to the physical visit, the delegates were brought around the campus through the Virtual Tour. (Bottom left) Campus tour to the Central Control Room. (Bottom right) The Gambian delegates were observing the programme implementation of INSTEP’s Bruneian learners.

Striving to achieve the feat of becoming a world-class National Oil Company, Mr. Bakery Jammeh, GNPC Vice Chairman of Board exclaimed that, “INSTEP is the partner of choice that we can place our trust and faith in capability building for GNPC.”

Stepping into a new year, this first agreement demonstrates INSTEP’s undivided commitment in “enriching lives for a sustainable future,” through accelerating learners’ competency development to prepare fit for future workforce in this VUCA world.

All smiles for the successful milestone carved between INSTEP and GNPC!

 

Kicking start the new decade of 2020s strongly, Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) has added The Gambia to our belt of international clients, which makes The Gambia our second West African country following our strategic partnership with Senegal in July 2019.

 

This significant milestone of INSTEP’s involvement in West Africa was carved when both parties signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the provision of technical training programme in accelerating the human capital development of The Gambia.

(Left) MoU signing ceremony between GNPC and INSTEP; from left to right: Mr. Sarjo Sama, GNPC Assistant Manager Legal Affairs; Mrs. Isatou Auber-Faal, GNPC Deputy Managing Director; Mr. Idris Ibrahim, INSTEP CEO; Mr. M Asri Omar, INSTEP Head of Marketing & Sales Division.

The signatories for the agreement were INSTEP Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Idris Ibrahim and Deputy Managing Director of Gambia National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), Mrs. Isatou Auber-Faal. GNPC is the business arm of The Gambia government within the downstream petroleum sector, which operates through distributing petroleum products such as petrol, gasoil, car oil and related products.

“This agreement signifies PETRONAS’ continuous involvement in West Africa and INSTEP is committed to being the solutions partner in empowering the local people’s capability,” said Mr. Idris Ibrahim, INSTEP CEO. This cooperation between both parties covers the entire value chain of the oil & gas industry through delivering customised niche programmes that will build the local people’s technical competencies. This is in support of PETRONAS’ upstream ventures and potential growth in the region.

(Top left) One of the GNPC delegates experienced Virtual Reality, which showcases INSTEP’s learning technology. (Top right) Prior to the physical visit, the delegates were brought around the campus through the Virtual Tour. (Bottom left) Campus tour to the Central Control Room. (Bottom right) The Gambian delegates were observing the programme implementation of INSTEP’s Bruneian learners.

Striving to achieve the feat of becoming a world-class National Oil Company, Mr. Bakery Jammeh, GNPC Vice Chairman of Board exclaimed that, “INSTEP is the partner of choice that we can place our trust and faith in capability building for GNPC.”

Stepping into a new year, this first agreement demonstrates INSTEP’s undivided commitment in “enriching lives for a sustainable future,” through accelerating learners’ competency development to prepare fit for future workforce in this VUCA world.

Seven Countries United Under One Roof In INSTEP Cultural Night

With the theme of “Embracing Diversity and Enriching Lives in Unity,” Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) celebrated cultural diversity by organising a memorable event – ‘Cultural Night’. The event was truly a night to remember by many as the Sri Gelam Hall was flooded with colours of over 350 guests from different nationalities all around the world: Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Japan, Oman, Iraq, Brunei, and last but not least, Malaysia.

(Left) Dikir Barat performed by the local Sirat Astagina team had the night heated up. (Right) Louis from Senegal sang together with the local singer along with the Dikir Barat tempo.

Cultural Night was indeed a platform where the learners could unleash their creativity and talents as well as to serve the guests with extra knowledge and experience from different cultures. The night has brought many unforgettable experiences and wonderful memories as the audience was fed with not just delicious delicacies but with spectacular performances from Papuan New Guinea, Iraqi, Bruneian, and Senegalese learners who are currently pursuing their technical training at INSTEP.

Papuan New Guinea learners kick-started the night with a very energetic dance performance followed by a group of Iraqi learners enthusiastically performing the jubilant Chobi dance.

(Left) A group of Iraqi learners dancing energetically. (Right) Audience was hyped up with the intense match between the two fighters.

The event drew many attention when the Senegalese learners demonstrated a live wrestling match, which is an all-time-favourite sports back in their homeland. This was followed by an amazing ‘Jong Sarat’ dance performed by the Bruneian learners while another group of Iraqi learners sang a sentimental ‘Mawal’ song. The final performance of ‘Joget Pahang’ by a mixture of local and international learners even received a standing ovation as many learners danced along on the floor.

 (Left) A group of Bruneian learners gracefully danced to the tempo of the traditional music. (Right) Cheerful faces appeared on the local and international learners as they showcased the unity of several cultures in a single performance.

Adding more colours to the Cultural Night was the feast of many delicious delicacies ranging from an assortments of desserts, appetisers, and world cuisine recipes. Guests had the chance to experience different cuisines from different countries.

(Top left) INSTEP Head of Training Plant and Asset Management, Ir Abdol Salam highlighted on the purpose of Cultural Night which celebrated the multi-cultures in unity. (Top right) Thanks to all the performers who worked hard in making the Cultural Night a truly memorable night for everyone! (Bottom) Awards were given to the best male dress (left), best female dress (second from left), and best social media influencer (right).

During the welcoming remarks by Ir Abdol Salam, INSTEP Head of Training Plant and Asset Management, he mentioned that, “Learners do not just learn technical knowledge here at INSTEP, but we are a wholesome solutions partner that provides opportunity for learners to fully explore the beauty of Malaysia and blend into our culture and local community. This is the type of transformational learning experience that only INSTEP provides.”

Rallying to our winning aspiration – “A progressive solutions partner enriching energy workforce for a sustainable future,” INSTEP has always contributed to supporting the local education and supply chain capacity building. This event is truly a demonstration of our brand promise in enriching the lives of energy workforce for a sustainable future.

INSTEP Cultural Night – a true demonstration of our brand promise in enriching the lives of energy workforce for a sustainable future.

 

Check out our media features here!

Sinar Harian: https://www.sinarharian.com.my/article/52987/EDISI/Terengganu/Majlis-Malam-Kebudayaan-INSTEP-erat-hubungan-antara-pelatih

Bernama:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqTcY5bSe5M

https://www.facebook.com/BernamaNewsChannel/videos/2965583160121721/

With the theme of “Embracing Diversity and Enriching Lives in Unity,” Institut Teknologi Petroleum PETRONAS (INSTEP) celebrated cultural diversity by organising a memorable event – ‘Cultural Night’. The event was truly a night to remember by many as the Sri Gelam Hall was flooded with colours of over 350 guests from different nationalities all around the world: Papua New Guinea, Senegal, Japan, Oman, Iraq, Brunei, and last but not least, Malaysia.

(Left) Dikir Barat performed by the local Sirat Astagina team had the night heated up. (Right) Louis from Senegal sang together with the local singer along with the Dikir Barat tempo.

Cultural Night was indeed a platform where the learners could unleash their creativity and talents as well as to serve the guests with extra knowledge and experience from different cultures. The night has brought many unforgettable experiences and wonderful memories as the audience was fed with not just delicious delicacies but with spectacular performances from Papuan New Guinea, Iraqi, Bruneian, and Senegalese learners who are currently pursuing their technical training at INSTEP.

Papuan New Guinea learners kick-started the night with a very energetic dance performance followed by a group of Iraqi learners enthusiastically performing the jubilant Chobi dance.

(Left) A group of Iraqi learners dancing energetically. (Right) Audience was hyped up with the intense match between the two fighters.

The event drew many attention when the Senegalese learners demonstrated a live wrestling match, which is an all-time-favourite sports back in their homeland. This was followed by an amazing ‘Jong Sarat’ dance performed by the Bruneian learners while another group of Iraqi learners sang a sentimental ‘Mawal’ song. The final performance of ‘Joget Pahang’ by a mixture of local and international learners even received a standing ovation as many learners danced along on the floor.

 (Left) A group of Bruneian learners gracefully danced to the tempo of the traditional music. (Right) Cheerful faces appeared on the local and international learners as they showcased the unity of several cultures in a single performance.

Adding more colours to the Cultural Night was the feast of many delicious delicacies ranging from an assortments of desserts, appetisers, and world cuisine recipes. Guests had the chance to experience different cuisines from different countries.

(Top left) INSTEP Head of Training Plant and Asset Management, Ir Abdol Salam highlighted on the purpose of Cultural Night which celebrated the multi-cultures in unity. (Top right) Thanks to all the performers who worked hard in making the Cultural Night a truly memorable night for everyone! (Bottom) Awards were given to the best male dress (left), best female dress (second from left), and best social media influencer (right).

During the welcoming remarks by Ir Abdol Salam, INSTEP Head of Training Plant and Asset Management, he mentioned that, “Learners do not just learn technical knowledge here at INSTEP, but we are a wholesome solutions partner that provides opportunity for learners to fully explore the beauty of Malaysia and blend into our culture and local community. This is the type of transformational learning experience that only INSTEP provides.”

Rallying to our winning aspiration – “A progressive solutions partner enriching energy workforce for a sustainable future,” INSTEP has always contributed to supporting the local education and supply chain capacity building. This event is truly a demonstration of our brand promise in enriching the lives of energy workforce for a sustainable future.

INSTEP Cultural Night – a true demonstration of our brand promise in enriching the lives of energy workforce for a sustainable future.

 

Check out our media features here!

Sinar Harian: https://www.sinarharian.com.my/article/52987/EDISI/Terengganu/Majlis-Malam-Kebudayaan-INSTEP-erat-hubungan-antara-pelatih

Bernama:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqTcY5bSe5M

https://www.facebook.com/BernamaNewsChannel/videos/2965583160121721/