Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and Oman Liquefied Natural Gas Company (Oman LNG) have signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to boost in-country value (ICV) initiatives in and outside of the oil and gas industry.
“PDO is pleased to partner with Oman LNG on this training initiative which will provide many young Omanis with the opportunity to forge rewarding careers," said PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci. “This move comes as part of our concerted efforts to develop Omani talent. Creating work for our jobseekers is a key aim for PDO and a national priority for the Sultanate, and we remain committed to generating employment opportunities both within and beyond the oil and gas sector.”
One MoU denoted a collaboration to augment existing ICV programmes at the two companies pertaining to job creation. The two-year agreement will see PDO and Oman LNG jointly fund training for employment programmes from Omani jobseekers in a variety of economic sectors. A press release announcing the projects noted that a joint team representing the two parties will be formed to manage the selection of sectors and training programmes, and successful trainees will then be offered full-time jobs in their area of training.
A second MoU was signed between PDO and the Oman LNG Development Foundation, where the Development Foundation will commit a designated amount to jointly fund a training-for-employment programme through PDO’s established National Objectives scheme. The National Objectives programme has already created more than 55,000 job, training, transfer and redeployment opportunities for Omanis in both oil and non-oil sectors, such as hospitality, real estate, fashion and aviation, since its launch in 2011, with more than 17,000 such opportunities secured last year alone.
“We continue to press forward to enhance job creation opportunities for Omanis," said Oman LNG CEO Harib Al Kitani. "Through Oman LNG Development Foundation, we are proud of our success and achievements in nurturing young Omani talents with the adequate and efficient competences to fulfil the high rivalry markets’ needs and explore innovative opportunities."