OPITO has secured a contract with the Ministry of Oil and Gas in Oman to work with the government, the Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL) and employeers to ensure “a skilled and safe oil and gas workforce”.
OPITO notes that this will also have a positive contribution on the economy in Oman by creating greater employment opportunities for Omanis.
OPITO says it is working on a phased plan that will provide the Omani Government with a sustainable solution to the employment needs of its people and to the demands of its growing oil and gas industry.
The first phase is an analysis of the current provision of vocational and non-vocational training throughout Oman. OPITO will be visiting training centres and colleges to identify the standard of training and then provide recommendations on how technical training provision can be improved to deliver a framework of qualifications which will meet current and future skills demands and improve competence in the operations and maintenance activities associated with the extraction of hydrocarbons.
David Doig, OPITO group chief executive, said: “By working with the government and employers, we will help the Government in Oman develop a learning infrastructure in-country which will be able to deliver industry-designed and industry-recognised qualifications underpinned by technical training standards, occupational standards, a robust assessment process and accredited certification and qualifications. This will ensure that the training is delivered in the correct way, by the right people, using the right equipment in a safe and well-managed environment and competence can be effectively measured.”
New economic opportunities
OPITO believes that its work in Oman will enable hundreds of Omanis to obtain industry qualifications in electrical and mechanical maintenance and instrumentation and controls, allowing them to work in the oil and gas industry. Furthermore, it will open-up new economic opportunities for the Omani people, impacting positively on the economy and giving the oil industry confidence in the competence of their technicians.
Khalid Ghalib Al-Hinai, HR Advisor to the Minister of Oil and Gas and Chairman of the In-Country Values HR Committee, said: “Our aim is to increase the competency levels and productivity of the local workforce coming into the industry by aligning existing vocational and technical training with industry requirements and accrediting it to international standards.”
Musallam Al Mandhari, chief executive officer of OPAL added: “The association with OPITO will ensure Oman’s training standards meet the technical training requirements of the industry and offer Omanis training to global standards.”
Dr Mohamad Mustafa Al-Najjar, Director of Occupational Standards and Testing Centre – Ministry of Manpower, concluded: “We have a responsibility to provide a highly skilled national labour force which meets market needs, improved productivity and therefore contributes effectively to our economic growth we are seeking to achieve in Oman.”