EN­HANC­ING SKILLS

Oil and Gas - - TRAINING -

Over 100 of Oman’s grad­u­ates are now mak­ing a tan­gi­ble con­tri­bu­tion to BP’s $16bn Khaz­zan Project.

Launched in 2012, BP Oman’s Tech­ni­cians De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme is a pi­o­neer­ing scheme in Oman. Can­di­dates are grad­u­ates from tech­ni­cal col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties across the Sul­tanate and com­plete a four-year pro­gramme, in­clud­ing 18 months work­ing to­wards an NVQ (Na­tional Vo­ca­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion).

The most re­cent group of 20 trainee tech­ni­cians joined the pro­gramme in early April 2018, com­menc­ing their jour­ney to join the di­verse group of in­di­vid­u­als that have al­ready com­pleted the train­ing pro­gramme. Over 80 lo­cal grad­u­ates are al­ready play­ing their part at Khaz­zan to help de­liver a sig­nif­i­cant pro­por­tion of Oman’s gas needs.

Yousuf Al Ojaili, BP Oman Pres­i­dent, said: “It’s re­ally pleas­ing to see our grad­u­ates mak­ing a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to Khaz­zan op­er­a­tions. BP is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing its peo­ple, as it is key to our suc­cess. The fu­ture is bright, we are strength­en­ing em­ploy­a­bil­ity of skilled Omani’s and I’m re­ally ex­cited to wel­come our lat­est group of trainee tech­ni­cians.”

When the new re­cruits fin­ish their train­ing, they will take on Me­chan­i­cal, In­stru­ment, Elec­tri­cal and Pro­duc­tion roles at Khaz­zan and Ghazeer, com­ple­ment­ing the ex­ist­ing co­hort of tech­ni­cians.

Mashaal Al Ghafri, Pro­duc­tion Tech­ni­cian grad­u­ated from the pro­gramme in 2016 and since then has been con­tribut­ing to Khaz­zan’s suc­cess. “It was a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to be part of this pro­gramme, which I joined as a grad­u­ate straight from col­lege. Be­ing one of the few fe­males work­ing in the field as an op­er­a­tor, this pro­gramme has not only af­forded me the op­por­tu­ni­ties to progress in my ca­reer but to also fur­ther my per­sonal de­vel­op­ment. I be­came the fe­male rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the wel­fare com­mit­tee and I am proud to be the voice of Khaz­zan’s fe­male em­ploy­ees on the Em­ployee Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee. It is very re­ward­ing to be able to use my train­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence to help sup­port and en­cour­age other women. I now have more con­fi­dence to speak in front of peo­ple, ex­press my opin­ion and of­fer ad­vice and so­lu­tions. The train­ing was piv­otal in my self-de­vel­op­ment and I am very proud to be part of it.”

The Tech­ni­cian De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme is con­ducted both on-site and off-site and com­prises a mix of the­ory, aca­demic and work­shop man­ual skills train­ing as well as safety and mon­i­tor­ing process plant con­di­tions spe­cific to Khaz­zan.

The first group of tech­ni­cians also had the op­por­tu­nity to gain field ex­pe­ri­ence with Oman Oil Com­pany (OOC) and Oman LNG thanks to two unique part­ner­ships that were es­tab­lished with BP to fur­ther en­rich the train­ing pro­gramme.

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