Omran Group, the Sultanate’s executive arm for tourism development, recently signed a Capability Building Agreement with the National Training Fund (NTF). The strategic two-year collaboration project aims to attract young Omani hospitality enthusiasts and provide them with hands-on operational experience to become the future hoteliers of the Sultanate’s growing tourism industry.
The agreement was signed by Peter Walichnowski, Chief Executive Officer of Omran Group and Sharifa bint Tahir Aidid, Chief Executive Officer of the National Training Fund, during a virtual signing ceremony in the presence of senior officials from both parties.
The main objective of the programme revolves around increasing the Omanisation level at Omran hospitality assets from the current overall 40 percent – which so far is considered larger than the private sector average – and boost it further to 50 percent within a two-year period. The programme will identify 175 Omani job seekers with high school, diploma and bachelor’s degrees, and facilitate their skills development and professional growth in a hospitality career. The program is also expected to increase awareness amongst Omani youth about the advantages and character-building potential of an early hospitality career.
In order to create a link between the educational outcomes and the market needs, potential collaboration and capacity-building programs will be explored at Oman Tourism College, including various specialised programs to be conducted by NTF.
On this occasion, Peter Walichnowski, Omran Group CEO said, “The collaboration with NTF reflects Omran Group’s commitment to support the goals of the National Tourism Strategy 2040. We are fully determined to invest in local talents and enable them to embrace a sustainable career path. The hotel industry, indeed, has great potential to serve as an engine for job creation and a driving force for economic growth and development”.
Sharifa bint Tahir Aidid, NTF’s CEO, said, “NTF is pleased to ink this strategic partnership with Omran Group. It will positively open up a broad spectrum of opportunities for young Omanis in Omran’s diverse hotel portfolio.”
“This collaborative project will deliver several training programmes that will strengthen the skills and capabilities of jobseekers, and increase their probability to secure employment in the hospitality and tourism sector. These industry-standard vocational programmes are attuned to realise the needs of the industry. Moreover, this gamut of trainings will enable young Omanis to familiarise themselves with the type of work they will be delving into, thereby, facilitating the work readiness of competent hoteliers. Ultimately, these Omani talents will make an immediate and valuable contribution to the local economy” she added.