MUSCAT, Oman - The government-owned Petroleum Development Oman is planning on training Omani nationals to enter not just the oil industry, but in other industries as well.
The initial target for the training is 21,000.
"We aim to create 21,000 job opportunities in 2019, and we are confident that we can achieve that number. These are real opportunities that lead to direct employment once the training is completed," Raoul Restucci, the managing director of PDO, was quoted as saying by the national daily, the Times of Oman.
"A lot of the opportunities we are promoting today exist outside the oil and gas sector, whether it be in tourism, manufacture or logistics. While some of these jobs will be created by PDO, many of the Omanis will be employed by other organizations once they complete their PDO funded on-the-job training."
PDO says it is committed to helping the country to provide employment for Omani nationals.
Restucci said more than 5,000 job opportunities had already opened up so far this year. The company itself has extended its own Omanization rate to 81%, and plans on developing it further to 90% by the end of next year.
Restucci conceded expats would still be required for specialist skills.