First batch of welding graduates feted

Daniel Lim

A graduation ceremony was held at the Marine Construction Yard in Kuala Belait yesterday for seven welding students who were the first batch to undergo a training programme at the Offshore Reliability and Maintenance Contract (ORMC) Welding School.

Guest of honour Deputy Minister of Energy Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw presented the students with their International Standards Qualifications and their graduation certificates.

Initiated by Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) and developed by Aker Solutions Sdn Bhd, the training programme represents a united goal to produce industry-qualified welders through the combination of classroom theory, personalised practical training and on-the-job performance evaluation.

This was reflected in the welcoming remarks by Managing Director of BSP Dr Ceri M Powell, who explained that the BSP-Aker collaboration is part of their joint commitment towards achieving the goals of Brunei Vision 2035, in producing highly skilled Bruneians.

ABOVE & BELOW: Deputy Minister of Energy Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Matsatejo bin Sokiaw and Managing Director of BSP Dr Ceri M Powell in a group photo with the graduates; and the Deputy Minister of Energy speaks with one of the graduates. PHOTOS: DANIEL LIM

The Deputy Minister of Energy tours the ORMC Welding School

“The programme has been designed to help ensure that the students gain practical knowledge that will kick-start their career,” she said.

Later, the guest of honour launched the BSP ORMC Hazard Hunt facility, which is an initiative by BSP to support the company’s continuous efforts in ensuring that safety is always a top priority for its employees and business partners.

“The facility is deliberately set up to simulate learnings from past incidents that have happened in BSP, which the team re-created from actual hazards as well as actual permit systems from past incidents,” said Dr Powell.

“The takeaway from this facility is for supervisor-level personnel to undergo a ‘hazard hunt’ to build their practical knowledge; and that this particular facility is one of a number of innovations that is being used by BSP to counter ‘risk normalisation’ onsites, which serves to help ensure a safe working environment.”

The second batch of students is currently undergoing training at the ORMC Welding School, with the prospect of 18 new graduates to receive their International Standards Qualifications by the end of Q1 2020.