MEDRC Water Research officially launched the Tahlya Training Programme for fresh Omani graduates under the patronage of HE Sayyid Badr Bin Hamad Al Busaidi, Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Tahlya aims to train 60 Omanis in reverse osmosis desalination to the level of operators and supervisors.
“The aim of Tahlya training programme is to enable young Omanis with the skills to be supervisors and operators to meet the progressive developments of Oman’s water desalination industry. Investing in such initiatives supports the development of a competent national workforce to pilot evolving industries as a future contributor to the national economy,” Eng. Yousuf Al Ojaili, BP Oman President, said.
The event also aimed to spread awareness on the scale of developments that Oman’s water desalination industry is about to undergo.
MEDRC’s detailed assessment on skills required for this industry indicated that Oman witnesses an increasing demand for Omani operators and supervisors to run the plants.
Working towards ten operational plants by 2020, the industry is set to deliver a new realm of domestic operation and employment opportunities for the local job market. “MEDRC is proud to partner with BP Oman in delivering this unique initiative. Water is a strategic issue in Oman and therefore, we believe that the water sector at every level can be led, managed and operated by Omani nationals. Working with BP Oman; we are taking an important step towards that goal,” said Ciarán O Cuinn, Centre Director of MEDRC.
The 60 participants were selected from a total of 4,500 applications. MEDRC Water Research is a regional hub for training and research in water desalination. Tahlya will include on-site training at MEDRC training plant.
Oman News Agency