Oil Search Invests In Women
Oil Search continues to invest in the development of future PNG leaders, with six Papua New Guineans successfully completing a three-year graduate development program with the company last week.
They included Molina Bamu from Poroma in Kutubu, who received the top award for her return on investment presentation which recognises skills, knowledge and experiences acquired during her time as a graduate.
Ms Bamu worked with the Company’s Community Affairs – Business Development team based in the field in Kutubu.
Oil Search Managing Director Peter Botten presented the completion certificates and congratulated the graduates, wishing them well in their future at Oil Search. Of the six, four were females.
“Each year more than 2,500 applications are received for the Oil Search graduate development program and from that only a handful are selected.
This shows how valuable our program is in developing a highly skilled workforce in Papua New Guinea,” Mr Botten said. He further encouraged the first and second-year cohort to make the most of the opportunity to build their knowledge not only in their field of expertise but across other parts of the business, through the rotations that are offered as part of the program.
“I am overly pleased by the success of the programmed which allows more and more Papua New Guineans, particularly women, to get the start they need to excel in their chosen careers.”
Ms Bamu thanked Oil Search on behalf the graduates and spoke about her experiences working with the Community Affairs team in the Stakeholder Engagement Group.
“As a Kutubu local, I faced challenges in the beginning having to work with landowners but with a lot of guidance and support from my manager and colleagues, I did my job well and gained the respect and trust of the leaders and the people,” Ms Bamu said.
The other five graduates included Kathrine Manus, Roseanne Kase, Rhonda Yoko, Joshua Giyomatala and Ezekiel Robert.
Oil Search runs a residential program for final year participants of the graduate development program to engage in holistic and meaningful development activities in the local communities, including volunteering for Buk bilong Pikinini. The residential program then ends with the formal graduation of the final year cohort.
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