The graduation of the second batch of trainees of Tahlya, MEDRC Water Research’s capacity building training programme in desalination, was held recently.
The programme, supported by BP Oman, offers talented Omanis the opportunity to be trained in desalination technology.
Mohammed Al Mahrouqi, Chairman of the Public Authority of Electricity and Water (PAEW), attended the event as the guest of honour and awarded the graduates their certificates.
“I am honoured to witness the graduation of these young Omanis, who have successfully completed this first-of-its-kind training programme in the desalination field. I hope they succeed in fulfilling their professional and national duties to contribute to the development of our nation with excellence and commitment,” he said.
Shabib Mohammed Al Maamari, BP Oman Communication and External Affairs Manager, said: “BP Oman is keen on supporting these initiatives as it equips Omanis with the skills to take up important roles in the desalination sector and lead this industry as a future contributor to the national economy.”
The initiative is likely to create more job opportunities for fresh graduates, enabling them to take up roles as operators and supervisors in the desalination industry.
The programme renders hands-on experience, providing trainees with a practical approach and helping them to acquire valuable skills.
The student’s training comprised of theory and practical training at MEDRC’s training plant located in Al Hail area along with a two-week observational internship placement in Seawater Reverse Osmosis Plants, enabling them to experience a real-world operational desalination plant.
The skills and competencies garnered by these graduates enabled some of them to get jobs independently.
Suez, a globally renowned water management multinational corporation, is in charge of the construction and operation of the Desalination Plant in Barka and will employ a number of graduates from the first batch, which concluded on April 16.
“We are happy to see this second batch of trainees graduate from the Tahlya training programme,” said head of training at MEDRC Water Research Engineer Riadh Dridi.
“These students have gained a thorough understanding of the desalination process. They have the knowledge and skill set necessary to begin a career in water and are ready to help to fill the labour requirements of the developing desalination sector in Oman,” he added.
The Tahlya training programme focuses on the general operation and troubleshooting of seawater reverse osmosis desalination processing systems.
The courses cover the whole water treatment process from intake, pre-treatment, reverse osmosis through post treatment.
A financial literacy workshop was conducted by Youth Vision, a motivational and leadership workshop delivered by Outward Bound Oman and a professional coaching workshop provided by the International Coach Federation, Oman.