Papuan Locals Join Apprentice Programme

BP Indonesia has opened the first internationally accredited Papuan Apprentice Programme to help train indigenous Papuan operations and maintenance technicians and enhance the quality of life for the communities surrounding Tangguh.

The training programme, which is being held at Petrotekno’s facility in Ciloto, West Java – Indonesia, selected a group of 40 apprentices from more than 250 applicants and is comprised of 48% women and 80% indigenous people – mostly from the villages around the BP-operated Tangguh LNG site.

Building skills for the future

During the three year programme the apprentices will learn English and strengthen their maths and science skills, as well as those required to work for BP. They will grow strong work ethics, follow correct working procedure and Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) policies, attain international certification in their core technical discipline, and undergo competency assessments to be ready for work at Tangguh LNG.

To the newly selected apprentices, it also represents a life changing experience: “This programme means a lot to me, it develops the human resources of Papua and therefore helps improve our economy”, said apprentice Novita O.K. “It’s great because I am learning to speak English, while also learning science, mathematics, and about oil and gas technology,” 

A commitment to local communities

As part of its Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and license to operate, Tangguh has committed to employing 85% Papuan workforce by 2029. Arno Appel, VP operations said: “This apprentice programme is key to the sustainability of safe, reliable, compliant operations at Tangguh, while also honouring our commitment to employing the local population.”

The programme has also been well received by Indonesian authorities, especially the local government. Head of Bintuni Regency Manpower and Transmigration Office, Jamaludin Iribaram, attended the opening ceremony and expressed his hope for the future, “With Tangguh LNG, Papua has become a source of energy for the world, and in the years to come Papuan people will also become a manpower resource for the world.”