Muscat – H E Dr Mahad bin Said bin Ali Baawain, Minister of Labour, said on Thursday that the ministry is aiming to provide 35,000 job opportunities through recruitment, replacement, and training for citizens this year.
Speaking to reporters during the Ministry of Labour’s (MoL) annual virtual press conference to review its achievements during 2021, and plans for the current year, Dr Baawain said the number of those appointed in jobs in the private sector during 2021 reached 49,276.
“We hope to provide 35,000 job opportunities through recruitment, replacement, and training for the citizens this year,” he said adding that the number of jobs announced in the government sector is 19,097, including 12,669 through replacement and direct employment, and 6,428 employment opportunities from training and qualification.
As for the number of expatriate workers who left the country during 2021, Dr Baawain said the number reached 58,720 as the government seeks to correct the conditions of the violating workers.
He indicated that the number of beneficiaries of training programmes associated with employment and on-the-job training in various sectors totalled 9,859 beneficiaries during the past year.
Around 247 trainees have graduated through the ‘Etimad’ programme, which aims to empower and train Omanis working in the private sector and raise the level of their leadership and supervisory skills to obtain senior jobs, he said.
“There are 57 government institutions that implement the individual and institutional performance system ‘Ejada’, and more than 140,000 employees have received direct training in building career plans in the system,” Dr Baawain added.