Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran Group) has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Labour to launch a new training-for-employment project called Najm.
The project, which operates under the #IAmTourism programme, aims to provide a platform for developing highly skilled Omani nationals in the tourism and hospitality sector. It will train 250 jobseekers for employment at a newly established start-up company, which will develop and manage tourism-related activities across Oman to stimulate the growth and popularity of the sector.
The agreement was signed by H E Sayyid Salim bin Musallam al Busaidi, Undersecretary for Human Resources Development in the Ministry of Labour, and Hashil bin Obaid al Mahrouqi, CEO of OMRAN Group, with senior officials from both parties in attendance.
As part of the agreement, 250 job opportunities have been announced and applications are currently being accepted from prospective Omani candidates across the sultanate. To be eligible, candidate profiles have to meet the required criteria. The selection process will involve a personal interview and different ability tests. Following selection, 250 high-calibre Omani nationals with an entrepreneurial mindset will be shortlisted.
These candidates will undergo six months of intensive theoretical and practical training developed in partnership with recognised and specialised institutes in the country. Upon completion of the training and certification, each of the 250 candidates will be offered full-time employment with a newly established OMRAN Group startup.
“This project will improve the labour market and its outcomes by creating new employment opportunities. The tourism industry in the country is still growing and requires the involvement of national competencies, both in terms of tour guides and hospitality,” H E Sayyid Salim said.
“The tourism sector is crucial and requires proper training and qualification of national competencies to prepare them for work. This project also stimulates the work environment and the aspirations of those joining it. In Oman, there are clear indications that the tourism sector is growing and shaping the country’s future,” he added.
On the occasion, Mahrouqi said, “At Omran, we understand the significance of investing in human capital for the growth and sustainability of the tourism and hospitality industry. That’s why we are thrilled to partner with the Ministry of Labour and launch the Najm project.
“By creating a sustainable platform for employment in the tourism industry and encouraging Omani youth to pursue careers in this dynamic and fast-growing sector, the Najm project will play a significant role in supporting the objectives of the National Tourism Strategy 2040. Furthermore, Najm represents our commitment to developing the next generation of Omani talent in the tourism industry and equipping them with the skills and talent required to draw out the full potential of the destinations in which they will work.”
Najm is the latest project to operate under the #IAmTourism programme, which serves as an umbrella strategy for all human capital initiatives launched or managed by the OMRAN Group. In addition to the Najm project, the programme includes Midhyaf, a graduate development programme, a pathways programme (Masarat), and the Tadreeb training programme.
As a comprehensive programme that covers all aspects of tourism training and development, #IAmTourism will continue to include any future initiatives organised by the group in cooperation with other relevant authorities for the growth and prosperity of the tourism sector in Oman.
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