Muscat: A seminar on improving local workforce skills, which took place yesterday at Grand Hyatt Muscat, urged the reinforcement of an effective partnership between the private and public sectors in order to develop training plans adapting to changes of market needs and flexible requirements of current and future workforce in Oman.
The seminar, which was organised by the Public Establishment for Industrial Estates (PEIE), also called upon setting up a legislative and regulatory framework responsive and consistent with Omanisation to achieve Vision 2020 in the growth and development of the required manpower.
The Uplifting Local Workforce Skills Seminar featured two discussion sessions by individuals with extensive experience in workforce development who highlighted ways to find appropriate mechanisms to encourage the private sectors in uplifting their employees' skills and knowledge through responsive training programmes; enhance the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of the required qualifications and the training provided; and evaluate the outcomes of the training programmes that are intended to uplifting the employees skills and knowledge.
Giving his comments on the seminar to the audience, PEIE Chief Executive Officer Hilal bin Hamad Al Ahsani, said, "Developing Omani workforce skills is certainly one of the most important issues that need to be raised. Schemes have to be outlined to achieve all ambitions."
The two sessions affirmed that due to noteworthy growth in the number of Omanis joining all sectors and with the growing demand for a qualified, reliable and resourceful Omani workforce, it is essential that qualification and training reflect the needs of the variety of industries and eventually build a better skilled and qualified workforce in the Sultanate.
The seminar proceedings also stressed the need of taking the field of qualifying and training employees forward, especially with the ever-changing existing markets, which have led to generating certain challenges faced by employers, investors and business owners in the process of qualifying and training employees especially with the noted increasing mismatching skills among employees.
Mohammed Al Kharusi emphasised on the need of stressing and instilling commitment, management, investment, training and education in all organisations.