Four hundred new jobs were created for Omanis at the new Muscat International Airport, as a joint venture between Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) and Oman Air produced the new openings.
Under a recently signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), PDO will train job seekers for different cabin and ground positions. In addition, the group will offer ongoing education for 100 current Oman Air customer service employees to better their skill set.
The agreement, signed by PDO Managing Director Raoul
Restucci and Oman Air CEO Paul Gregorowitsch, is part of His
Majesty’s goal of creating long-term jobs for Omanis.
“As part of our National Objectives program to create job and training opportunities for Omanis, PDO is going beyond our natural boundaries of the oil and gas sector to support economic diversification and development,” Restucci said. “Working with our trusted partners at Oman Air, we will ensure that hundreds of young jobseekers are ready to play key roles in the new Muscat International Airport which will be a showpiece for the country and the region.”
PDO "is proud to support His Majesty’s call to create sustainable jobs and will be working even harder in the future, both on our own and in collaboration with other organizations, to reach that goal,” Restucci said. “Despite the oil price environment, we continue to ramp up our In-Country Value drive and ensure Omanis are equipped with the skills and talents to forge rewarding careers, either in our industry or other sectors of the economy.”
Once applicants complete the accredited vocational courses, they will have guaranteed full-time jobs with Oman Air serving in positions of ramp services and customer service.
This economy boosting partnership is just part of Oman Air and PDO’s long lasting collaboration, as Oman Air is the authorized contractor for PDO’s internal flights.
“Oman Air’s partnership with PDO demonstrates the airline’s continuing commitment to the Sultanate’s policy of Omanisation,” Gregorowitsch said. “The overwhelming response to the program and the progress made in training have given us very positive feedback. We are pleased and proud to be working together to deliver training that will enable Omani citizens to pursue meaningful and rewarding careers. Oman Air will increase the percentage of Omani citizens it employs to 63 percent in 2016, in line with its commitment to the Sultanate’s policy of Omanisation.”
The courses are scheduled to last up to one year and will focus on on-the-job training as well as technical skills. For those who pass the ramp service and customer service classes, they will receive an International Air Transport Association (IATA) diplomas and National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) certification.