281 GDP staff graduate from PDO

MUSCAT: Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) celebrated the achievements of 281 Omani staff in an official ceremony marking their qualification from the company’s pioneering Graduate Development Programme (GDP).
Young employees were congratulated by senior management and colleagues at the event at Mina Al Fahal, which took place under the auspices of Salim bin Muslim al Busaidy, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Civil Service for Administrative Development Affairs.
The PDO GDP was introduced in 2013 to provide structured, on- the-job training, monitoring and assessment for Omani staff who join the company after graduating from universities and colleges with Bachelor degrees or above.
It has been designed to provide them with the technical and operational skills they need to work in the rapidly changing oil and gas industry.
The main objective of the GDP is to support graduates during the early stages of their careers and quickly integrate them into the workplace through a combination of on-the-job and off-the-job training enhanced with e-Learning, focused coaching and mentoring.
PDO Managing Director Raoul Restucci said: “The graduation of the first batch of GDP staff is a special moment for PDO in that it represents a milestone in our endeavour to create a truly world-class Omani workforce.
“The GDP was designed in-house with our colleagues from Shell and offers a robust framework to attract, nurture and retain Omani talent so they are equipped for the age of the digital oilfield, where being able to work in real-time operational environments with the latest technology is key.
“It exposes our Omani graduates to a range of different experiences and challenges in a controlled environment and helps them progress in a consistent way while doing their daily work under the guidance of dedicated mentors.”
The GDP has been rolled out to nine technical and non-technical functions, covering 40 disciplines, such as engineering, production operations and petrophysics, with dedicated policy, processes and resources, covering around 1,100 graduates, mostly aged 22-26.
It is based on the 70:20:10 model — 70 per cent on-the-job learning, 20 per cent coaching and 10 per cent training — and lasts from 2.5 to 5 years.
PDO Learning and Development Manager Hamed al Hadhrami said: “The GDP has replaced a variety of development programmes and lays down a progression path, which allows us to track every graduate activity, gauge their development and assess their competency level at any point in time from the moment they join us.
“It gives graduates a clear understanding of what is expected from them as PDO employees and a solid foundation on which they can build fulfilling and rewarding careers.” — ONA