Kumul Petroleum Academy picks 40 out of 2000 applicants

Youth & Careers

By CATHY AKORI
Kumul Petroleum Holdings Ltd (KPHL) announced 40 new intakes yesterday for the Kumul Petroleum Academy in Port Moresby.
KPHL managing director Wapu Sonk said out of 2000 applicants from around the country, 100 had been shortlisted for interview and 40 were selected.
He said the academy
advertised for intakes last September.
“These 40 students – 15 females and 25 males – are very lucky as they will receive training that is fit to market themselves in resource industries outside Papua New Guinea,” Sonk said.
“They will go through an intensive competency-based training programme (level 3 – oil and gas maintenance technician) in fields of mechanical maintenance, operation and production maintenance and electrical maintenance in oil and gas.”
Sonk said the 12 month training programme was sponsored jointly by ExxonMobil and KPHL.
The programme started in 2016 with first batch of 32 students. This year is the second batch.
The academy’s chief operating officer, Luke Liria, said this year’s selection had followed through a stringent process, ensuring equal and fair representation across the 22 provinces.
“The training programme would not be possible without the support of ExxonMobil and KPHL,” he said.
Sonk said KPHL’s goal was to grow a highly-skilled workforce in the resources sector in PNG and create opportunities for Papua New Guineans.

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