What sectors do you foresee growth in the demand for vocational training?
No academic course allows students to experience the practical side; therefore, we are fulfilling that gap. Logistics, for example, just recently come up in the Omani market, so a great deal of training is required there. Transportation is another sector. There is always potential in oil and gas, as it is a non-stop area. Overall, we will experience good growth in all sectors due to the recent changes happening in Oman. Initially, we started with oil and gas, and now we provide training for all sectors. There are certain fields or jobs where Omanis are not used to, but now are been pushed from the government to Omanize these positions. The government seeks only graduates or diplomas holders to assume certain positions, though this category may not accept certain professions. I urge all levels, including school leavers, to be given an opportunity regardless of the period required for training.
How are you preparing locals to meet the Omanization demands of the market?
Locals are ready to take up any opportunities in the market. Currently, the trends are moving forward on finding opportunities in the private sector. We are very firm about providing high-quality training. We have more than 35 years of experience in the Omani market and work closely with many of the well-established organizations in Oman to set up a good strategy to overcome the Omanization issues. Today, we have the ability to customize training that helps companies, in any sector in any trade, to overcome the Omanization pressures as well as develop their existing workforce. We believe in quality and are known in the market for that. As we seek new business, we knock on the doors of companies to determine their requirements. That is how we help companies develop their Omanization strategy and staff development plans. In fact, companies approach us in terms of assessments, for example, for existing employees who need to obtain higher qualification for higher level positions. ✖