MORE THAN 1,000 SCHOOL COUNSELLORS HAVE BEEN UPSKILLED IN TOTAL UNDER THIS PROGRAMME
SANDAKAN, 14 October 2019 – A total of 150 school counsellors from Sandakan participated in a two-day seminar starting today to equip them with skills in guiding students on career opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), particularly in the oil and gas sector.
The PETRONAS Counsellors Programme (PCP) seminar in Sandakan, which marks the seventh and final in a nationwide PCP series organised this year, has upskilled more than 1,000 school counsellors.
Present at the seminar were Sabah Education Department Director Dr Mistirine Radin, Deputy Director of Student Affairs, School Management Division of the Ministry of Education Faridah Yang Yazali, and Head of Human Capital Investment, PETRONAS Group Human Resource Management, Nelly Francis Shariah.
“Through this programme, PETRONAS aims to equip school counsellors to help shape the younger generation’s career choice and ultimately provide a steady stream of talents for STEM-related careers, particularly in the oil and gas sector,” Nelly said.
She said that PETRONAS’ investment in human capital development covered a wide spectrum of programmes designed to enable a continuous and sustainable pipeline of skilled workforce for the nation.
The school counsellors were given an overview of PETRONAS’ operations in Sabah and on the PETRONAS Education Sponsorship Programme (PESP), which is awarded to deserving students to pursue tertiary education at universities abroad as well as at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP).
Over the two days, PETRONAS staff provided perspectives on their career in the national oil and gas company while PETROSAINS delivered talks on ways to promote STEM creatively to the younger generation.
The counsellors were also privy to information about opportunities provided by UTP and Akademi Laut Malaysia as well as other technical institutions in the country.
The PCP is part of the PETRONAS’ Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme spearheaded by its CSR arm, Yayasan PETRONAS, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education.
Group Strategic Communications