OIL Search is offering a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarship programme for Papua New Guineans attending technical schools and universities.
The scholarship worth K5.7 million is open to everyone although priority is given to candidates from Oil Search’s project impact provinces based on merit.
It includes support for secondary schools.
Oil Search executive vice-president Dale Rollins said the scholarship was an exciting and new initiative by the company to strengthen its future leaders and to build a capable and diverse workforce.
The company said it was one element of its overarching scholarship programme. Three of the four elements are being managed by Oil Search Foundation, including:
- STEM internships for third-year university students (nine to 11 interns starting in 2019);
- STEM scholarships for final-year university students leading to conditional entry to the Oil Search graduate development programme (six scholarships to be awarded in 2020); and,
- Support to secondary schools in Oil Search project areas.
The fourth element is the pre-employment technical training scholarships managed by Oil Search which targets students pursuing a technician career pathway.
“We will continue to support young Papua New Guineans in secondary schools, technical schools and universities through an integrated talent development plan which will be rolled out over the next five years,” Rollins said.
“It (STEM scholarship) is a new approach in talent identification and provides an entry pathway to Oil Search through the company’s graduate development programme and apprentice programme.”