Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) and Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP) hosted its Sector Focused Career Fair: Technology, Education and Career (SFCFTEC) focusing on engineering, oil, gas and energy. The event, officiated by Senator Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, saw 65 companies from the engineering, oil, gas and energy sector taking part in the event.
Top employers including SapuraKencana Petroleum Berhad, PETRONAS, Shell, Murphy Oil, Schlumberger, Petra Energy, SBM Offshore, Talisman and Scomi Oil Tools ran booths and answered questions about their businesses and how interested participants can start to work for them. Participants can also explore internship opportunities through engagement sessions with the participating companies.
“Malaysia has made great strides in its journey to transform into a developed high income nation by 2020. To enable us to successfully reach this goal requires the right quantity and quality of talent. The Government is committed towards enhancing the availability of talent, particularly by nurturing local Malaysian talent in this industry”, said Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid.
"The foundation of any productive, high-income economy lies in a globally competitive, creative and innovative workforce. To achieve this, an integrated approach to nurture and retain first-world talents needs to be instituted. The ability to innovate is critical to succeed in a globalised economy, and this spirit of innovation can only be cultivated if our youth are equipped with the right skills and technology know-how. We need to ensure our graduates are not only equipped with industry-relevant skills, but also possess the ability to think critically and to solve problems creatively," he added.
In 2012, TalentCorp commissioned PwC to conduct a study on the talent demand supply dynamics and the talent priorities and preferences of Malaysian oil and gas players.
"The same report also found UTP graduates are widely recognised within the oil and gas sector as being well-rounded individuals with good technical and soft skills. Companies also shared that the seven-month internship programme conducted by UTP provided graduates a strong exposure to the expectations and needs of oil and gas employers and therefore helped them make a smooth transition into the workforce," Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid said.
Forty-five student leaders were among 250 students who took part in an engagement session with Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid.
SFCFTEC also organised a roundtable discussion that brought together over 60 delegates from the oil and gas industry to discuss possible areas of improvement for graduates in meeting industry requirements.
Among the activities featured was the Future Scientist Eco-Challenge 2014, designed to educate and inspire young high school students to overcome challenges in tackling energy, water and food issues. Other activities such as the Innovation City Challenge explored entrepreneurship and communications skills among the participants.
The fairs are held at higher learning institutions throughout the year and are a TalentCorp initiative to increase awareness of new career opportunities for new talents, undergraduates and graduates. They also provide an ideal platform for companies and employers to scout for potential talent in their relevant sectors.
The event is open to the public and admission is free.
for the list of companies participating in the 2014 SFCFTEC