Muscat: In continuing efforts for capacity building for Omanis on ‘Omani Youth Day’, Oman LNG and the Oman Society for Petroleum Services (Opal) signed two agreements that will see Oman LNG fund the training of 35 Omani candidates.
The agreements appoint Opal to arrange and facilitate the training of the candidates, who are assured of employment by different companies. The training courses offered will be tailored to fit specialised professions in industrial coating/painting and marketing. The courses will be conducted for a period of six and seven months respectively.
Besides direct recruitment into its operations which has yielded some 90 per cent Omanisation, Oman LNG pursues a pioneering social investment programme that allocates one and a half per cent of the company’s net income after tax to a vast swath of social development programmes, ranging from healthcare and education, through women’s development and training, among a host of other forward-looking initiatives.
The training programmes fall under Oman LNG’s human resource development (HRD), a fund that targets the nurturing of skills that are attractive to the labour market. Through its HRD fund, Oman LNG has funded many training programmes over the past few years, resulting in the employment of Omani nationals, through self-employment and job secured employment. So far, the company has enabled the recruitment of about one thousand and five hundred candidates through its training-for-jobs model.
“Through these initiatives we hope to provide support where communities feel it is most needed,” said Rashid bin Abdullah Al Nasri, senior manager of Investment and Corporate Services at Oman LNG Development Foundation. “Our aim is to serve the community and contribute to all segments of society wherever possible.”
Attesting to the company’s outstanding level of Omanisation empowerment, training, and development efforts, Ministry of Manpower has recognised Oman LNG with Excellence Award for its Omanisation efforts. The award celebrates Oman LNG’s continuing efforts since its inception in the development of national workforce.
Oman LNG has an ambitious vision and dedication towards corporate social responsibility (CSR) delivered through the Oman LNG Development Foundation. The foundation addresses many areas of social development in Oman, but in general comprises a community fund targeting initiatives related to the Sur community where its world-class, three-train liquefaction plant is located, a national fund that covers a large swath of the company’s social development programmes across the nation; a reserve fund to address the sustainability and continuity of the company’s CSR programmes; and finally a centre of excellence to develop lasting CSR initiatives through partnering, knowledge sharing, funding and investments.
Oman LNG Development Foundation is a subsidiary of Oman LNG. Oman LNG operates as a joint venture with a shareholding structure comprising the Government of Oman (51 per cent), Shell Gas (30 per cent), Total (5.54 per cent), Korea LNG (5 per cent), Mitsubishi Corporation (2.77 per cent), Mitsui & (2.77 per cent), Partex (Oman) Corporation (2 per cent) and Itochu (0.92 per cent).