Case Study

Indonesia: ECITB supports BP Tangguh LNG Project for Petrotekno



Indonesia: Following the discovery of six gas fields in the 1990s, the BP led Tangguh LNG Project in Bintuni Bay, Papua Barat, started in 2009 having been sanctioned by the Indonesian Government in 2005.  It currently employs 10,000 workers of whom 50% are locally sourced.  In 2017, the Indonesian Government ruled that by 2029, 85% of workers must be from the local population.

To support that, the Indonesian Ministry for Education and National Board of Education Standards (BSNP), Petrotekno as the Training Provider and the ECITB worked together to set training and testing standards to create a “one-stop” package where young people in the region could be trained at newly created training facilities in technical disciplines, including Health and Safety, to enable them to be employed in technical roles on the project. So far 700 have graduated from these 4-6 month courses since the scheme began in 2018.

Asia Pacific – Indonesia
Staff Capacity Building, Occupational Skills Standards, Curriculum Development, Train the Trainer, Recognition, Quality Assurance

Whilst there are many support roles across the six sites that only require non-skilled and semi-skilled workers, the project also has very large numbers of technical roles that need to be filled.

BP has successfully been running its own Tannguh Technician Apprenticeship Scheme but as a four year Diploma Course it only delivers 112 highly trained technicians a year when the Project requires far larger numbers of trained personnel than that to achieve the 85% target set by the Government.

A highly regarded Indonesian based Training Provider, Petrotekno, saw this opportunity and as a newly licenced Training Provider with the ECITB, asked the ECITB and the Indonesian Government for assistance.

The main challenges were to: identify the skills gap; devise an appropriate training programme, governed by the standards required that met the Project’s needs; provide suitable facilities for the training to take place; resource the training with enough trainers, administrative staff and equipment; and then market the offer and recruit trainees.

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