(EnergyAsia, March 12, Wednesday) — ‘Strategic Talent Management for Oil and Gas 2008’, a conference on skilled labour and professional workers, will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from April 7 to 9.

The shortage of skilled engineers in the oil and gas industry is a problem that has persisted for many years. The last oil bust in 1999 caused many major oil and gas companies to slow down their recruitment programmes.

Recently, the industry began to step up their recruitment drive in response to the rising worldwide demand for energy. The extraction of oil has become technically more challenging at the same time that demand for skilled workers has been rising. Meanwhile, supply has been strained by the ageing workforce and a shortage of skilled engineers.

‘Strategic Talent Management for Oil and Gas 2008’ will provide a platform for industry leaders to discuss and share their experiences in dealing with this growing challenge.

The conference will discuss the effectiveness of recruitment strategies, profiling as a recruitment strategy, alliance with industry  partners, decentralisation of HR function, building strategic plans with HR as an imperative, setting effective capability development programmes, organisational buy-in to manage resistance to training, methodology to track talent management initiatives, retention strategies to enhance talent management initiatives and succession planning.

Speakers at the event include Abdul Jalil MD Taib (Petronas), Luechai Wongsirasawad (PTTEP), Thomas Antony (Indian Oil Corporation), Shalini Sarin (Cairn Energy India) Tia N. Ardianto (Medcoenergi Oil and Gas), Abdulla Abdulaziz Al-Sahlawi (Qatar Petroleum), Hamidah Marican (BP Malaysia), Mostafa K. Azzam (Kuwait Gulf Oil Company), AlaEldeen Wahballa (Saudi Aramco), Errman Zuhady Zainal (Shell Malaysia), Tigor Pangaribuan (Hess Oil and Gas), Gatot Sam (Schlumberger) and John McCreery (Booz Allen Hamilton).

‘Strategic Talent Management for Oil and Gas 2008’ is organised by K2B International. For more information, please contact Admin@EnergyAsia.com.