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Omran launches employment training for hospitality sector

2 Jul 2021

To prepare highly trained and skilled Omanis for the tourism and hospitality sector, Oman Tourism Development Company (Omran Group), the executive arm of the sultanate for tourism development, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labour, launched a new training for employment programme called ‘Midhyaf’ on Thursday. 

Midhyaf will act as the stepping stone for future Omani tourism and hospitality talent development and is the result of a capability building agreement signed between the ministry and Omran to establish this national training for employment project.

The programme will provide training to 148 Omani jobseekers from high schools, as well as diploma and Bachelor’s degree holders, to prepare them for the labour market. Midhyaf consists of seven capacity-building vocational and professional courses – culinary, food & beverage, front office operations, hotel operations management, accounting and procurement, sales and marketing, and housekeeping. 

The training will take place at Oman Tourism College (OTC), the training provider of the programme, followed by on-the-job training in several hospitality assets under Omran, including JW Marriot Muscat, W Muscat, Crowne Plaza Resort Salalah, Crowne Plaza Muscat OCEC, Crowne Plaza Duqm, Alila Jabal Akhdar, InterContinental Muscat and Barceló Mussanah Resort.

The methodology of the training programme that will be implemented by OTC is based on an integrated approach that aims to further hone the skills of the participants in three main areas: fundamentals, core factor and mindset. The programme will cover professional training courses that will be facilitated by OTC in cooperation with multiple globally renowned hospitality institutes and academies to develop local competencies according to the highest standards and support them in obtaining up to 11 professional certificates, depending on the type of the training programme.

Launching the programme, Hashil bin Obaid al Mahrouqi, CEO of Omran Group, said, “Midhyaf will play a significant role in the National Tourism Strategy 2040 by creating a sustainable platform to support employment in the tourism industry and encourage Omani youth to work in this dynamic sector.”

Commenting on the launch of Midhyaf, Sharifa bint Tahir Aidid from the Ministry of Labour, said, “This reflects the ministry’s active participation in implementing the objectives of Oman Vision 2040, in addition to carrying out its plan for this year, targeting 9,000 jobs across the key focus areas which include training for employment, on-the-job training and entrepreneurship through continued coope- ration with various sectors.”

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