One of the most important partnerships ExxonMobil PNG has in Papua New Guinea is with the workforce. There are nearly 2,600 people working for PNG LNG, 82 percent are Papua New Guinean and 22 percent are women.
ExxonMobil PNG National Content Manager, Susil Nelson-Kongoi, says the company’s workforce is its greatest asset.
We’re committed to developing Papua New Guineans for the future. Our efforts around the workforce is very important because we believe it is contributing back into the PNG economy and providing industry expertise that will leave a legacy going forward.
ExxonMobil PNG’s workforce development program is structured to provide Papua New Guineans the experience and competencies needed to run the business for many decades to come.
Since the start of production staff have received over 300,000 hours of training which is in addition to the more than 2 million hours of training delivered during construction.
ExxonMobil PNG Control Room Technician, Noah Pingin, experienced firsthand the benefits of the company’s investment in people and training.
“When we were in training, I thought I knew everything in theory. When I got onsite I realised I didn’t understand a lot of the technical aspects being thrown at me and it was a shock.
“ExxonMobil PNG’s on-the-job training took me from the classroom arena and gave me the right tools and knowledge to build my technical skills,” he said.
ExxonMobil PNG is continuing to build the skills of Papua New Guineans through training programs focused on developing the technical skills of the production workforce, including building the capacity of graduate engineers and Operations and Maintenance trainees.
Last year the fourth group of Operations and Maintenance trainees began their journey, increasing the number of trainees at various stages of their career to more than 200. More than 50 trainees are women who are forging new career paths for young women in Papua New Guinea.
Technicians from the first two intakes of the Operations and Maintenance training program are now becoming leaders in their respective fields.
“The investment made in the workforce today is what will sustain and grow our business in the future,” said Susil.