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
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.