Teaching, Sharing and Engaging in the Mahakam Block
Total E&P Indonesie is committed to the education and capacity building of its surroundings. Initiated by employees at the Senipah Peciko South Mahakam (SPS) Site, the so-called Senipah Teaching Program enables the younger generations of the surrounding area to obtain knowledge about English and Engineering as applied to the oil and gas industry.
Sharing the Knowledge
The Senipah Teaching Program is an evening class conducted every twice a week for junior high school students and high school students in order to provide knowledge about the oil and gas industry. This aims to provide the younger generations access to knowledge about the industry and to further increase opportunities to join the company through a selection process.
As part of the surrounding population, these employees will willingly interact with the neighborhood and contribute to the development of the area.
Total E&P Indonesie and the local youth agreed to have the tutor and the teaching materials provided by Total E&P Indonesie. The venue was offered to be managed and provided by the local youth. In the end, this offer was quite welcome.
The first session was conducted on June 19, 2013, with 50 junior high school students, senior high school students, and high school graduates. Some of them were residents of Senipah, the location where Total E&P Indonesie operates. However, there were also many from a district quite far from the teaching location, approximately 40 kilometers away.
The classes consisted of Basic English, intermediate English and engineering. The engineering class was divided into production and maintenance. The maintenance materials covered three topics: instrument, electric, and mechanic. In addition, the safety team from the training center also taught safety riding and basic safety.
“Surprisingly, there are a lot of them who are willing to take part as volunteers. Indeed, the expatriates are also interested in participating”, says Alfian, one of the program’s initiators.
Volunteers with Impressive Track Records
About 40 employees volunteer for the program. They are experienced, highly skilled employees, and most of them have experience as a supervisor and trainer. In every teaching-learning session, each student is given a module as their learning guide. For the time being, they are using the common English module for the English class.
As for the technical class, each tutor will provide the module, which is taken from various sources. However, due to the dynamic working activity at the work place, the tutor may be replaced by anyone at any time. Nevertheless, the teaching process always continues according to the agreed syllabus.
Tutoring and Field Visit
Studying aside, the students are also given the opportunity to visit Total E&P Indonesie’s field. This gives the students a more elaborate idea of the real-life work at an oil and gas company.
After about two years, some Senipah Teaching Program alumni who took part in the Operator Technician Program (OTP) test passed the enrollment test held by Total E&P Indonesie. In OTP-3 held last year, six out of the seven who passed the test were SPS Teaching Program students, and the number has continued to increase. In OTP-4, there were nine SPS Teaching program alumni who passed the test. Some of them have even successfully enrolled in reputable universities in East Kalimantan.