Times of Oman
Nov 28, 2015 LAST UPDATED AT 01:15 AM GMT
Shell signs OMR135,000 deals for providing training to 36 Omanis
May 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM
This is one of the training programmes coordinated and facilitated by Opal to train and equip young Omanis with relevant skills to help them secure jobs. Photo — Jun Estrada/TIMES OF OMAN

Muscat: Shell Development Oman (SDO) recently held a signing ceremony at its office in Mina Al Fahal for two new social investment contracts worth nearly OMR135,000 which will provide vocational training to 36 Omanis.

The contracts were signed by Chris Breeze, Shell's Country Chairman in Oman, Irshad Al-Lawati, CEO of the Oman Association for Petroleum Services (Opal), Khalid M. Asad, managing director of the Technical & Administrative Training Institute (TATI), and Lawrence Alva, CEO of the National Training Institute (NTI).

The contracts were signed as part of SDO's Training for Employment initiative and will provide the Omanis with vocational training in non-destructive testing (NDT) and welding. The Omanis are already guaranteed employment with suitable companies, following three to six months
of training.

"The idea is to find opportunities to increase Omanisation level in the private sector. We have companies that are keen to step in to fill this gap in investment, and Shell is a very good example," said Al Lawati.

Onsite training
The first contract, signed with TATI, will secure NDT jobs for 20 Omanis. The programme will provide onsite training and equip students with the knowledge required to operate NDT machines and carry out testing techniques. The course also gives students an overview of basic English and general health and safety.

The second contract, signed with NTI, will give 16 Omanis the opportunity to pursue their passion for welding. This course teaches trainees how to use welding equipment and equips the students with health and safety knowledge, basic mathematical tools and communication skills. The programme also teaches trainees how to conduct product quality inspections.

"I think it's an extremely effective way of up-skilling people into positions that Opal arranged for them. Our Training for Employment programme is a pillar of our wider social investment agenda and gives young Omanis from different socio-economic and educational backgrounds an opportunity to contribute to Oman's growing economy," added Breeze.

Staff productivity
Al Lawati stressed the importance of this programme and emphasised the significant impact that training can have on the development of organisations, maintaining standards, and improving staff productivity.

He thanked those in the SDO and the training institutes who made the signing possible and will enable a new batch of Omanis to secure employment in the areas of welding and NDT and thanked the SDO's management for their commitment, dedication and contribution towards training and employment of Omanis.

Al Lawati also conveyed his appreciation to those who support the development of the nation's manpower and contribute to the success of Training for Employment. The programme represents one of the training programmes coordinated and facilitated by Opal to train and equip young Omanis with relevant skills to help them secure employment and future prospects.

To get in touch with the reporter sarah@timesofoman.com

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