The Point Lisas Industrial Apprenticeship Programme (PLIAP) was launched on 16th of September 2013, with the aim of establishing a relevant and flexible craft apprenticeship programme which would effectively build on existing technical vocational infrastructure, and utilizing experiential opportunities in the Energy Industry. The technical vocational infrastructure comprised of institutions such as the National Energy Skills Center (NESC), the MIC Institute of Technology, and Youth Training Employment Partnership Programme (YTEPP).

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PLIAP seeks to address the Industry’s experience of, declining productivity, unacceptable levels of workmanship and increasing frequency of safety related incidents by producing the human resource requirements both in quantity and quality to meet the labour demands of the Point Lisas Industrial Estate.

Target Market

Initially, PLIAP targets successful graduates of Technical Vocational Institutes at CVQ level II in the following areas:

  • Combination Welding
  • Pipe fitting and Fabrication
  • Industrial Electrical Installation
  • Instrumentation
  • Machining
  • Millwright (Industrial Mechanical Maintenance)

PLIAP also targets the following Companies for partnership:

  • Petrochemical Producer companies of the Pt. Lisas Industrial Estate, the major manufacturers of ammonia, methanol, urea, cement, steel and similar products, as well as service industries such as water and electricity
  • Contractor companies that service the petrochemical companies of the Pt. Lisas Industrial Estate, primarily in process plant construction and maintenance.

Differentiating Factors

PLIAP distinguishes itself from any apprenticeship programme previously implemented by industry as follows:

  • Having a rotation system which affords flexibility to participating companies to increase or decrease the number of skills available to it
  • The Programme benefits from the significantly increased experiential opportunity of many plants and contractor facilities, which opportunities are passed on to the Apprentices
  • Minimizes the administrative effort and cost borne by any one Company or Contractor and lowers their entry hurdle to the Programme
  • A stipend system that is attractive to the Apprentice by increasing in each of the four (4) rotations over the two (2) year term of the apprenticeship.
  • Shares the cost equitably between the Operating Companies and the Contractors.
  • A built-in Quality Assurance mechanism that is continuous in its nature through the use of specially developed Apprentice Logbooks. These Logbooks are designed by the National Training Agency (NTA) to include all aspects of the relevant skill areas.
  • A formal Mentorship aspect to the Programme
  • Caters better for long term stability and sustainability as the Programme is not tied to the economic fortunes of any single entity
  • Centralizes its administration in the NESC for greater efficiency, effectiveness, and control
  • Utilizes the resources of the NTA to provide the Standards, System Quality Assurance, and Certification.
  • Is guided and funded by the Ministries of Education, and Energy and Energy Affairs.
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