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Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) celebrated today (19 aJanuary) the graduation of around 300 young Omanis as part of its Emdad initiative. The trainees were the 19th batch to graduate from the programme which was launched in 2011 to create job and training opportunities for Omani jobseekers in the oil and gas sector and beyond.

The graduates were enrolled in different technical and non-technical training schemes, which are in line with the Company's efforts to support the Government's economic diversification drive, and have qualified to work in a range of sectors including HSE, IT, and Quality Control. 


The graduation ceremony was held at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre in Muscat under the auspices of His Excellency Eng. Salim Al Aufi, Minister of Energy and Minerals. 


His Excellency Eng. Salim Al Aufi said: “Today's graduation of 300 young Omanis through Emdaad initiative is a testament to the success of PDO's continued efforts to support the initiatives of providing job and training opportunities for Omanis. These graduates are now qualified to work in a range of sectors and make a valuable contribution to Oman".


“I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to this batch of graduates and wish them all the best in their future endeavours."


Having successfully completed training programmes lasting from seven to 24 months at different training institutes and companies, the graduates are now certified to have full-time paid positions at several companies.


PDO Managing Director Steve Phimister said: “PDO is proud to play an integral role in empowering these young Omanis by creating sustainable jobs for them, and it is our sincere thanks to our partners for their commitment and continuous support."


“I would also like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the graduates on this momentous occasion, truly appreciating their hard work and dedication."

“We are confident that the graduates have the skills and knowledge to positively impact their careers and communities."


The Emadad initiative seeks to improve employment opportunities for Omani jobseekers by providing vocational training, scholarship opportunities and apprenticeship programmes. Emdad continues to co-ordinate directly with relevant government bodies and the private sector to create sustainable opportunities as per the job market needs.