TRAIN­ING FOR EM­PLOY­MENT

The grad­u­a­tion of the largest batch of Na­tional Ob­jec­tives grad­u­ates in PDO’s his­tory is a great mile­stone show­ing its com­mit­ment to de­velop young Omani ta­lent and in­ten­sify the In-Coun­try Value drive. An OGR Re­port

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As part of ini­tia­tives to build lo­cal ta­lent, sev­eral oil and gas com­pa­nies in­clud­ing PDO are ramp­ing up their strate­gies to cre­ate job and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for Omani na­tion­als.

For in­stance, Pe­tro­leum Devel­op­ment Oman (PDO) cel­e­brated the grad­u­a­tion of 1,077 young Oma­nis as part of its Na­tional Ob­jec­tives pro­gramme.

The 13th batch of grad­u­ates is the largest in the his­tory of the train­ing­for-em­ploy­ment ini­tia­tive which was launched in 2011 to cre­ate work and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for job­seek­ers.

The grad­u­ates were en­rolled in dif­fer­ent tech­ni­cal and non-tech­ni­cal train­ing pro­grammes which are in line with the com­pany’s ef­forts to sup­port the gov­ern­ment’s eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion drive. The batch in­cluded 472 fe­male and 605 male grad­u­ates who have qual­i­fied to work in a range of sec­tors and dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing elec­tri­cal, weld­ing, au­to­mo­tive, fi­nance, re­tail and nurs­ery school teach­ing.

The grad­u­a­tion cer­e­mony was held at the Oman Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre in Mus­cat un­der the aus­pices of Sheikh Nasser bin Hi­lal bin Nasser al Maawali, Chair­man of the State Fi­nan­cial and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Au­dit In­sti­tu­tion. PDO Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs and Value Cre­ation Di­rec­tor Ab­dul-Amir Ab­dul-Hus­sein Al Ajmi said, “The grad­u­a­tion of the largest batch of Na­tional Ob­jec­tives grad­u­ates in PDO his­tory is a great mile­stone show­ing that we are pro­gress­ing in our com­mit­ment to de­velop young Omani ta­lent and in­ten­sify our In-Coun­try Value drive.”

Hav­ing suc­cess­fully com­pleted train­ing last­ing from 6 to 18 months at seven dif­fer­ent train­ing in­sti­tutes, such as TATI and Dalma, the grad­u­ates were awarded in­ter­na­tional cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in dif­fer­ent trades en­abling them to take up full-time paid po­si­tions.

The batch fea­tured the first group of 395 fe­male grad­u­ates from the In­ter­na­tional Gulf In­sti­tute, as part of a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing signed with the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion through the Oman So­ci­ety for Pe­tro­leum Ser­vices (OPAL) last Fe­bru­ary. They have qual­i­fied to work as as­sis­tant kinder­garten teach­ers.

Since 2011, PDO’s Na­tional Ob­jec­tives pro­gramme has se­cured more than 55,000 job, vo­ca­tional train­ing, re­de­ploy­ment, trans­fer and schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties for Omani job­seek­ers. This year, PDO has al­ready ex­ceeded its tar­get of creat­ing 17,000 such op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Laila Al Ameiri, who gave the grad­u­ate’s speech at the event, said: “We would like to ex­press our thanks for ev­ery ef­fort ex­erted by our teach­ers and train­ers in or­der to re­fine our skills and im­prove our knowl­edge, both in the­o­ret­i­cal train­ing or on-the-job train­ing.

“We are em­bark­ing on a new ca­reer that would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the com­mit­ment of a num­ber of com­pa­nies and in­sti­tu­tions to ab­sorb all of us and to give us the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in build­ing Oman.”

Al Ajmi said, “I praise all those in­volved in achiev­ing this mile­stone, in­clud­ing the grad­u­ates, train­ing in­sti­tutes and em­ploy­ers, and there is no doubt that such achieve­ments will ben­e­fit not only the grad­u­ates them­selves, but also Oman as a whole.”

CREAT­ING JOB OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES

PDO is also spon­sor­ing the vo­ca­tional train­ing of 600 young Oma­nis as part of its ef­forts to cre­ate more than 50,000 job op­por­tu­ni­ties in and out­side the oil and gas in­dus­try be­tween 2017-2019. The com­pany signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with Oman En­vi­ron­men­tal Ser­vice Hold­ing Com­pany SAOC (Be’ah) to em­ploy the trainees upon their suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of a the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal train­ing pro­gramme in the field of waste man­age­ment, which will last from six to nine months.

The trainees will be of­fered full-time jobs in a wide range of po­si­tions in­clud­ing waste col­lec­tion su­per­vi­sors, trans­fer sta­tion su­per­vi­sors and oper­a­tors, land­fill oper­a­tors, su­per­vi­sors and man­agers, and waste man­age­ment driv­ers. The batch of trainees will in­clude 350 high school cer­tifi­cate hold­ers (grades 10-12) and 250 univer­sity de­gree hold­ers.

PDO Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Raoul Res­tucci, who signed the agree­ment with Be’ah Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Tariq Ali Al Amri, said: “PDO is pleased to part­ner with Be’ah on this train­ing pro­gramme which will pro­vide hun­dreds of young Oma­nis with jobs in the im­por­tant waste man­age­ment sec­tor.

“As part of the con­certed en­deav­our to con­serve our en­vi­ron­ment, it is im­per­a­tive that Oman builds up its ca­pa­bil­ity in the col­lec­tion, trans­port, treat­ment and dis­posal of waste. Those re­cruited will play a vi­tal role as the Sul­tanate tran­si­tions to a greener econ­omy.”

Eng. Al Amri said: “We, in Be’ah, are com­mit­ted to de­velop the waste man­age­ment sec­tor and we be­lieve that peo­ple are the core of our busi­ness.

“We are very hon­oured to part­ner with PDO in this unique ini­tia­tive as it will of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties for Omani grad­u­ates to de­velop their skills and knowl­edge in the waste man­age­ment sec­tor. This col­lab­o­ra­tion is one of many be­tween Be’ah and PDO that will en­hance in-coun­try value and achieve wider eco­nomic di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion in the Sul­tanate.”

“We are work­ing to­gether with the Min­istry of Oil and Gas to gen­er­ate more em­ploy­ment,” said Musal­lam Al Mand­hari, CEO, Oman So­ci­ety of Pe­tro­leum Ser­vices (OPAL). The im­prov­ing crude prices is cer­tain to spur the gov­ern­ment to spend more thereby stim­u­lat­ing pri­vate sec­tor growth and cre­ation of em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

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