Times of Oman
Dec 01, 2015 LAST UPDATED AT 05:15 PM GMT
BP supports innovative research to boost Omani and Emirati Engineering talent
November 6, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Muscat: Energy company BP is supporting a major new research project to boost Emirati and Omani engineering talent, to be carried out by top HR advisors Oxford Strategic Consulting.

Early results from Oxford Strategic Consulting, led by Professor William Scott-Jackson, show that the UAE and Oman are already blessed with key advantages to help develop young GCC leaders.

Several features of national identity will boost leadership development, including the desire of young Omanis and Emiratis to 'work for the country' and seeing UAE and Omani leaders as vital role models.

Prof William Scott-Jackson is delighted with the positive early results and is grateful for BP's support in commissioning the report and making a serious commitment to developing national talent.

This upcoming report examines key concerns around education, matching the aspirations and motivations of potential talent and overcoming obstacles stopping the development of talent.

Government leaders in the UAE have made the subject of employing and training young nationals a top priority for business leaders in the region.

In addition, the Government of Oman has set the employment and development of Omani talent as a top priority.  BP is keen to support this goal by finding practical ways to achieve it.

Oxford Strategic Consulting have a world-class reputation in helping clients develop a leading status as key contributors to vital national targets.

The HR company have drawn up well-received reports for leaders in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on employing Saudi Women, supported by SAAB Bank and its Chairman Sheik Khaled Olayan.

Anand RV, BP Vice President for Human Resources in the Middle East Region, says: "BP is keen to support the development of Emiratis and Omanis in support of the Governments' objectives and we are delighted to be supporting the work of Oxford Strategic Consultants who have a reputation for helping development of human resources across the GCC through high impact, practical recommendations based on sound research."

Professor William Scott-Jackson says: "This report will present new ways of identifying and developing engineering talent in Emirati and Omani young people – a crucial skill area for the countries, for employers and for the young nationals themselves.

"We will find innovative approaches, unearth world-class best practice and propose unique, high impact solutions in the form of toolkits, help guides and other practical aids.  Our recommendations will be based, as always, on the most thorough and wide-ranging research ever carried out and will produce surprising, intriguing and thought-leading ideas for employers to use straight away.

"We are grateful to BP, who join an illustrious group of supporters of OSC research, including HSBC, SABIC, Aramco, SABB, Qatar Chamber, Microsoft and the UAE Federal government."

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