Oil Search Launches PNG Scholarship Program
Oil Search has launched a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship Program for Papua New Guineans attending technical schools and universities.
This continues its long history of providing young people with opportunities to kick-start their careers. The scholarships worth K5.7 million is open to all Papua New Guineans, with priority given to candidates from Oil Search’s project impact area provinces based on merit and includes support to secondary schools.
The scheme was launched in Port Moresby last Friday by Dale Rollins, Oil Search executive vice president and president PNG and Linda Griffin, Oil Search senior vice president for People and Culture.
Joining the launch were science students, Maureen Alphonse and Longfield Tai, the first recipients of the internship element of the new program. “The Oil Search STEM scholarship program is an exciting new initiative by the company to continue to strengthen its pipeline of future leaders and to build a capable and diverse workforce in Papua New Guinea,” said Mr Rollins.
The STEM scholarship program is one element of Oil Search’s overarching scholarship program. Three of the four elements are being managed by Oil Search Foundation and these include:
STEM internships for third year university students (nine to 11 interns commencing in 2019)
STEM Scholarships for final year university students leading to conditional entry to the Oil Search Graduate Development Program (six full scholarships to be awarded in 2020)
Support to secondary schools in Oil Search project impact areas. The fourth element is the Pre-Employment Technical Training (PETT) Scholarships being managed by Oil Search.
The scholarship targets students pursuing a technician career pathway and there are 10 trainees currently at the Kumul Petroleum Academy.
Oil Search recognises the need to create opportunities in the oil and gas industry for young PNG citizens and encourage early attraction and entry of high-potential talent into its pipeline, and the educational scholarships are an important factor towards meeting this need.
“We will continue to support young Papua New Guineans in secondary schools, technical schools and universities through a integrated technical talent development plan which will be rolled out over the next five years,” Mr Rollins said.
“It is a new approach in talent identification and provides an entry pathway to Oil Search through the company’s graduate development program and apprentice program.”
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