MEDRC Water Re­search’s Tahlya marks grad­u­a­tion of sec­ond batch of trainees

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MEDRC Water Re­search’s ca­pac­ity build­ing train­ing pro­gramme in de­sali­na­tion, Tahlya, wit­nessed the grad­u­a­tion of the sec­ond batch trainees. This unique train­ing pro­gramme, which is sup­ported by BP Oman, of­fers young tal­ented Oma­nis the op­por­tu­nity to be thor­oughly trained on de­sali­na­tion tech­nol­ogy.

The ini­tia­tive is likely to cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for fresh grad­u­ates, en­abling them to take up roles as op­er­a­tors and su­per­vi­sors in the de­sali­na­tion in­dus­try.

Mo­hammed bin Ab­dul­lah al Mahrouqi, chair­man of the Pub­lic Author­ity of Elec­tric­ity and Water (PAEW), at­tended the event as the guest of hon­our and awarded the grad­u­ates with their cer­tifi­cates. He said, “I am truly hon­oured to wit­ness the grad­u­a­tion of th­ese am­bi­tious young Oma­nis, who have suc­cess­fully com­pleted this first of its kind train­ing pro­gramme in the de­sali­na­tion field.

“I hope that they suc­ceed in ful­fill­ing their pro­fes­sional and na­tional du­ties to con­trib­ute to the de­vel­op­ment of our na­tion with ex­cel­lence and com­mit­ment. I also would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend my thanks and grat­i­tude to MEDRC for or­gan­is­ing this pro­gramme and fa­cil­i­tat­ing its suc­cess to achieve the no­ble ob­jec­tives.”

Shabib Mo­hammed al Maa­mari, BP Oman Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs man­ager, said, “BP Oman is keen on sup­port­ing th­ese ini­tia­tives as it equips young tal­ented Oma­nis with the skills to take up im­por­tant roles in the de­sali­na­tion sec­tor and lead this emerg­ing in­dus­try as a fu­ture con­trib­u­tor to the na­tional econ­omy. We will con­tinue in­vest­ing in high qual­ity and sus­tain­able ini­tia­tives that drive na­tional growth by meeting so­cio-eco­nomic de­mands.”

The pro­gramme is very in­tense and ren­ders hands on ex­pe­ri­ence, pro­vid­ing trainees with a prac­ti­cal ap­proach and help­ing them to ac­quire valu­able skills. The stu­dent’s train­ing ex­pe­di­tion com­prised the­ory and prac­ti­cal train­ing at MEDRC’s train­ing plant lo­cated in Al Hail area along with a two-week ob­ser­va­tional in­tern­ship place­ment in Sea­wa­ter Re­verse Os­mo­sis Plants, en­abling them to ex­peri- ence a real-world op­er­a­tional de­sali­na­tion plant.

The skills and com­pe­ten­cies gar­nered by th­ese grad­u­ates en­abled some of them to get jobs in­de­pen­dently. SUEZ, a glob­ally renowned water man­age­ment multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tion, is in charge of the con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of the De­sali­na­tion Plant in Barka and will em­ploy a num­ber of grad­u­ates from the first batch, which con­cluded on April 16.

“We are happy to see this sec­ond batch of trainees grad­u­ate from the Tahlya train­ing pro­gramme,” said en­gi­neer Ri­adh Dridi, head of Train­ing, at MEDRC Water Re­search. He added, “Th­ese stu­dents have gained a thor­ough un­der­stand­ing of the de­sali­na­tion process. They have the knowl­edge and skill set nec­es­sary to be­gin a ca­reer in water and are ready to help to fill the labour re­quire­ments of the de­vel­op­ing de­sali­na­tion sec­tor in Oman.”

The fo­cus of the Tahlya train­ing pro­gramme is on the gen­eral op­er­a­tion and trou­bleshoot­ing of sea­wa­ter re­verse os­mo­sis de­sali­na­tion pro­cess­ing sys­tems. The cour­ses cover the whole water treat­ment process from in­take, pre-treat­ment and re­verse os­mo­sis through post treat­ment. Aside from build­ing tech­ni­cal skills and ex­per­tise, the pro­gramme also pro­vides per­sonal de­vel­op­ment and char­ac­ter build­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents de­liv­ered by a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions in col­lab­o­ra­tion with MEDRC.

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