MUSCAT: Petroleum Development Oman celebrated yesterday the graduation of another batch of vocational trainees as a further 362 young Omanis successfully completed their training to take up roles in the Oil and Gas industry. The event was marked with a graduation ceremony under the auspices of Dr Mohamed bin Hamad al Rumhy, Minister of Oil and Gas.
At the same event and the latest in a series of education and employment initiatives with the Omani government, PDO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Manpower. The MoU was signed by Shaikh Abdullah bin Nasser al Bakri, Minister of Manpower and PDO’s Managing Director, Raoul Restucci. It sets out that both parties will encourage cooperation in areas of training and Omanisation in the Oil and Gas sector and other industries. This will be achieved through training and the provision of job opportunities for Omani cadres.
On this occasion, Al Bakri praised the relationship between PDO and the Ministry of Manpower in terms of providing skilled jobs for Omani youth. He described the agreement as a model of cooperation between the two sides and added: “We look forward to continuing to work closely with PDO in the future to achieve our shared ambitions.”
“We are very pleased to be continuing our fruitful relationship with the Ministry of Manpower and working together as set out in the terms of the MoU that we have just signed. Today’s graduation event is clear evidence of what can be achieved by working with our key stakeholders to create rewarding and skilled jobs for young Omanis,” Raoul Restucci said.
The 362 Omanis feted at the event have undergone an 18-month training programme at specialist institutes in Oman. The majority of the graduates have achieved Level 2 of the National Vocational Qualification and the Construction Industry Training Board programme. They are now starting their careers with PDO contractors in a wide range of trades including mechanical, electrical and instrument technicians, welders and pipe fitters. The announcement is further evidence of PDO’s In-Country Value strategy aimed at developing the capability and capacity of young Omanis to play an increasingly important role in the Oil and Gas sector. The programme is recognised as a leading scheme in the industry
In 2014 PDO significantly ramped up its ICV drive, working with its contractor community to create more than 4,300 jobs through structured training programmes to meet industry requirements. Since His Majesty the Sultan’s National Objectives programme was launched in 2011, PDO has created over 14,300 job and training opportunities.
SOURCE: OMAN DAILY OBSERVER