New initiative to strengthen water desalination sector in Oman

Veolia, Sembcorp Salalah, Sohar Operation Services begin initiative to build specialised talent for Oman’s water industry


France-headquartered resource management specialist, Veolia, has joined forces with Oman’s Sembcorp Salalah Power and Water Company, and Sohar Operation Services, to launch an apprenticeship initiative aimed at elevating the quality of talent entering Oman’s desalination sector.

The nine-month programme will include theoretical learning within a classroom environment as well as on-the-job training for Omani mechanical and electrical engineering graduates from the Sultan Qaboos University and the Salalah Technology College.

The apprenticeship programme is certified by the Ministry of Manpower in Oman and is based upon the National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 4, which is UK’s work-based qualification that tests candidates on their knowledge and skills for technical and professional work-related activities.

The programme will be sponsored by Madayn and Petroleum Development Oman (PDO).

Set to be hosted at the Oman Technology Institute (OTI), the first batch of apprentices have been chosen following a rigorous selection process to ensure they had the right foundation to flourish within Oman’s desalination and sustainability market.

Upon successful completion of the programme, candidates are likely to be immediately recruited by companies in the sultanate’s water sector.

Commenting on the initiative, Veolia’s Oman CEO, Erwan Rouxel, said: “We are proud to announce the launch of our new apprenticeship programme. This project will not only accelerate the quality of talent entering Oman’s desalination market, but will also raise the country’s profile as a regional leader for sustainability.”

Sembcorp Salalah CEO, Humaid Al-Amri, said: “At Sembcorp Salalah, enhancing the capabilities of our employees is one of our key priorities, and we continue to equip our people with specialised training and upskilling opportunities. We are honoured to play an active role to grow young talent and we would like to wish all the candidates a fruitful and meaningful learning journey.”

Sharing his thoughts on the initiative, the director in Sohar Operation Services, Dr Suhaib Abudayyeh, said: “Training is crucial for any organisation as well as for job-seekers, especially in a fast-paced developing country like Oman. We must focus on providing training to fresh Omani graduates on par with the global standards in order to improve their skills and capacities so that they can play an active role in the development of Oman.”

Abudayyeh added: “This program is in line with Oman’s Ninth Five-Year Development Plan and this kind of initiatives will make the Private Sector more attractive for Omani youth.”


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