OPITO to aid Oman in in-country value drive

Hundreds of Omanis are to be trained as part of programme

Hundreds of Omanis will be trained as part of the programme.
Hundreds of Omanis will be trained as part of the programme.

OPITO International has secured a contract with the Ministry of Oil and Gas in Oman, to help ensure the country has a skilled and safe oil and gas workforce. 

The global oil and gas training standards body is working on a phased plan that will provide the Omani Government with 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 to improve skills

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.”

Hundreds of Omanis are to be trained to recognised industry qualifications in electrical and mechanical maintenance and instrumentation and controls, allowing them to work in the oil and gas industry.

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.”


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