Petrofac launches 2019 global graduate programme

Petrofac launches 2019 global graduate programme
Published: 30 January 2019 - 7:30 a.m.
By: Carla Sertin

Petrofac has launched its 2019 global graduate programme to support and develop young talent.

The company has operated in the UAE for more than 30 years, employing around 4,000 employees in the region. Since the launch of its global graduate programme in 2004, Petrofac has employed 1,500 graduates, with more than half of them remaining in the company today. Now the company aims to enhance its already diverse workforce by encouraging more Emirati graduates to apply for this year’s programme.

“The UAE is one of our most important markets, and as a company human capital development forms the cornerstone of our success," said COO of engineering & construction George Salibi. "We are looking to invest in Emirati graduates and empower them to discover their untapped potential. Through the programme, we aim to develop their skills, and help them position themselves as key contributors to a future economy, prepared for the needs of the workplace of tomorrow. The programme further underpins our commitment to the creation of in-country value and the growth of the UAE’s oil & gas sector.”

Through the Petrofac Academy, the company's in-house centre of excellence for employee and career development, successful candidates will undergo a four-year structured programme in the UAE. Alongside technical training in their chosen discipline, graduates will have on-the-job learning, often on live projects. Additionally, they will have access to support to create tailored development plans.

“Our global workforce comprises more than 80 nationalities across 30 countries," Group Chief Executive Ayman Asfari said. "We are a people business, so our talent makes us who we are and sets us apart from our competition.

“The entire oil and gas industry is working hard to reverse a historical gender imbalance and skills gap. At Petrofac we are committed to playing our part by ensuring our graduate programme embraces diversity of ethnicity, nationality and gender.

“The combination of structured learning and on-the-job training in live project environments will give candidates excellent exposure to the business and stand them in good stead for their future development in the company. I look forward to welcoming the next generation of talent into the business later this year and watching their progression.”

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