21 students start rigging training
TWENTY-ONE students from Pusat Latihan Mekanik’s (PLM) fifth Industrial Skills Qualifications cohort (ISQ) began their 300 hours of rigging training yesterday at Adinin Training and Development Centre (ADTC) in Seria.
The group of students, all male, will have to pass their training at ADTC – comprising 100 hours on rigging fundamentals and hardware followed by 200 hours of operational training – before proceeding to attachments with private contractors within the industry.
ADTC’s Acting Head Hj Abed Hj Abdul Hamid said yesterday that there still is a need for local riggers in the oil and gas industry despite a downturn in prices as foreigners still make up the bulk of all riggers.
“The number of students and ISQ courses delivered under the Energy Industry Competency Framework (EICF) is dependent on the demand of the industry,” said Hj Abed.
“The figure of 21 students is still substantial and not much different from the previous cohorts.”
The students taking the course, when interviewed yesterday, said the lure of salaries above $1,000 for rigging in the oil and gas industry and the opportunities for professional development were the biggest pull factors for them.
“When I heard from friends about the opportunity to have the training (sponsored) and high employability and potential salary of $1,000 and above, I immediately signed up,” said Abdul Azim Samalam.
The 20-year-old, who recently completed a skills certificate in Information Technology from Cosmopolitan College, said he was previously weighing the option of progressing to a diploma in IT.
“But moving up (in academic qualifications), especially from a skills certificate, would have taken a lot of time and money, so I seized this opportunity instead,” he added.
Kuala Belait resident Syarqawi Sunarto said he heard about PLM’s courses from a message circulated on WhatsApp. The 18-year-old was previously earning $350 a month at a hotel in Seria.
“I didn’t get to sit for my O-Levels, so I was worried not having it would affect my chances of getting (into PLM). Thankfully, I was accepted.”
The Brunei Times