18 Omanis graduate from Tahlya training course

Muscat - 

The Middle East Desalination Research Centre’s (MEDRC) capacity building training programme for job seekers saw the graduation of 18 students on Sunday. 

Supported by BP Oman, the Tahlya programme aims to equip graduates with skills to work as operators and supervisors in the desalination sector.

The programme includes theory and practical training as well as placements in Seawater Reverse Osmosis plants for two weeks as interns, giving them the real world experience.

Initiated in February this year, the Tahlya programme will have three courses and train 60 job seekers by November.

The second batch was inducted as soon as the first batch graduated. “We are proud to witness the graduation of the first batch of trainees of the Tahlya Training Programme, which equipped them with skills and knowledge, enabling them to play an important role in the desalination sector,” said Shabib Mohammed al Mamari, communications and external affairs manager at BP Oman.

Out of the 18 job seekers who were trained under Tahlya, two are women. Ahoud al Hashmi and Shatha al Rashdi overcame challenges related to the technical aspects to achieve success. “To succeed in such technical areas what really matters is motivation and a strong desire to work. Having faith in one’s capability and potential is of paramount importance, this is what enabled us to successfully complete the programme,” said Shatha.

“I am very happy with how the trainees approached this course. They have applied themselves in a dedicated, professional manner and have consistently displayed a genuine interest in what they are learning. I am confident that they will carve a niche for themselves in this sector. We are working with BP Oman to help them achieve success,” said Eng Riadh Dridi, head of Training at MEDRC.

Yaqoob bin Saif al Kiyumi, acting CEO of Oman Power and Water Procurement Company gave away certificates to the graduates.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Suez International SAS, Oman branch and MEDRC whereby students who graduated on Sunday will start working with Suez.

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