New vi­sion: Omani gov­ern­ment to train 10,000 job seek­ers

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As part of the pol­icy to fo­cus on job-ori­ented schemes, Oman’s gov­ern­ment will spend around RO26.8mn to pro­vide train­ing for more than 10,000 job seek­ers in 2020 and 2021.

The sul­tanate’s 2020 bud­get frame­work aims to en­able the pri­vate sec­tor to play a greater role in the de­vel­op­ment projects and cre­ate more job op­por­tu­ni­ties for Omani youths.

As part of its en­deav­our to reg­u­late the labour mar­ket and utilise youth ca­pac­ity to spur growth and de­vel­op­ment, the gov­ern­ment has taken sev­eral mea­sures.

In or­der to bridge the skills­gap be­tween ed­u­ca­tion and job mar­ket needs through hu­man ca­pac­ity-build­ing, and as part of the gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy to en­hance the skills of job seek­ers, the Na­tional Train­ing Fund was es­tab­lished in 2017 pur­suant to Royal De­cree 48/2016.

The fund has since then pro­vided 9,110 job op­por­tu­ni­ties un­der train­ing linked with em­ploy­ment schemes.

As many as 3,310 trainees have al­ready grad­u­ated while 5,800 are still un­der­go­ing train­ing. ‘The cost of the train­ing, con­ducted by the Na­tional Train­ing Fund, amounted to RO27.3mn by the end of 2019.

Ac­cord­ing to the fund’s plan, 10,000 will be trained in 2020 and 2021, at a cost of RO26.8mn,’ the 2020 bud­get state­ment is­sued by the Min­istry of Fi­nance said.

In 2019, the Na­tional Cen­tre for Em­ploy­ment was es­tab­lished with the aim to em­ploy the na­tional man­power. This cen­tre com­menced its op­er­a­tions on Jan­uary 1, 2020 by fo­cus­ing on the main job-gen­er­at­ing sec­tors, ac­cord­ing to the bud­get state­ment.

As per the 2020 bud­get state­ment, the spend­ing on in­vest­ment projects, par­tic­u­larly job cre­ation projects that have eco­nomic re­turns, is ex­pected to reach RO5.3bn. Of this, RO2.7bn will be paid by state-owned en­ter­prises for ser­vice and in­dus­trial projects, whereas an amount of RO1.3bn will be spent by var­i­ous gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties for in­fra­struc­ture projects. In ad­di­tion, an amount of RO1.3bn will be al­lo­cated for oil and gas pro­duc­tion. ‘These projects will even­tu­ally help in gen­er­at­ing more job op­por­tu­ni­ties,’ the bud­get state­ment added.

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