ZAG Signs MoU with PDO for Training And Employment of 96 Omani Youth

ZAG Signs MoU with PDO for Training And Employment of 96 Omani Youth
  • 96 of the 400 trainees involved in the initiative are from ZAG
  • ZAG will pay OMR 150 as a monthly stipend for the duration of the course
  • Full time employment at ZAG group companies guaranteed for all 96 trainees

In line with the national objective of offering more employment opportunities for young Omanis, and to make a meaningful contribution towards the overall economic growth within the Sultanate, The Zubair Automotive Group (ZAG), recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Petroleum Development Oman (PDO) for the training of nearly 100 young Omanis at the National Automotive Higher Institute (NAHI), after which they will be offered fulltime employment at ZAG companies across the country.

The MoU signing forms part of a larger initiative between PDO and six automotive group companies to support the training of 400 young Omanis to work in the automotive industry over the course of the next two years. The signing ceremony took place at Oil and Gas Exhibition on 27 October 2016. The MoU between PDO and ZAG was signed by Raoul Restucci, Managing Director of PDO, and Salam Al Kindi, Group HR Head of ZAG. As part of its contribution to the initiative, ZAG will pay OMR 150 as a monthly stipend for each trainee until they complete their respective training programs; following which, they will be guaranteed full-time jobs into various ZAG companies across the country.

Commenting on the initiative, Salam Al Kindi, “We at ZAG put development of the national work force as one of our top priorities. We consider this a cornerstone of our human resources development program. As a result we are amongst the first companies in the automotive sector to have started such training programs and have even been heavily involved with NAHI in their activities relating to this particular initiative, including discussing the curriculum, setting the criteria, sourcing, screening, interviewing and shortlisting candidates. We also assisted NAHI during the orientation week as we met and welcomed the new joiners and conducted an induction session. As a matter in fact 96 of the 400 intakes at NAHI, as part of this program, are from ZAG; accounting for nearly 25% of the total number and the highest portion amongst the companies involved.”

The training programs for all 400 students will be conducted at the NAHI premises in Mabella and will be split into three levels of qualification – a Competency based Training CBT of 10 months length, Competency based Training CBT of 18 months length, and Diploma program of 2-year length. While the completion of High School is mandatory for the Diploma program, it is a preference for either of the shorter programs.

Commenting on ZAG’s involvement in the initiative, Raoul Restucci noted, “The sponsoring of this training course of 400 young Omanis to work in the automotive industry is vital part of our larger long-term goal of creating 50,000 jobs outside the oil and gas sector. The involvement of key companies such as ZAG, who not only share our goals for providing rewarding and sustainable job and training opportunities for young Omanis but are also trend-setters in such initiatives, are vital to its overall success. We are grateful for their involvement in this initiative and look forward to working closely with them to create even greater employment opportunities for Omani nationals in the automotive sector in the years to come.”

Of the 96 trainees from ZAG, 28 have enrolled for the 10-month course while 30 and 38 have enrolled for the 18 month and 2-year course respectively. Regardless of their length, the courses involve both technical and non-technical specializations covering a range of topics including light vehicle maintenance, heavy vehicle maintenance, body repair, vehicle painting, parts management, vehicle sales, and customer service. Ensuring the highest levels of training, the entire curriculum is certified by The Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) in the UK. Upon successful completion of their respective programmes, trainees are guaranteed full-time jobs in a variety of trades including mechanics, vehicle body repair and painting, parts management, sales and marketing, and customer service. Throughout the duration of the courses ZAG officials will visit the campus in a regular basis to ensure full students engagement.

“We, together with our group companies, are always looking for opportunities through which we can support the ongoing efforts made by the Omani government to create new job opportunities for Omani youth. Our involvement in this initiative is yet another step in achieving this strategic goal. Furthermore, we are also currently assessing our requirement internally and intend to have similar agreements signed annually,” concluded Salam Al Kindi.

Zubair Automotive Group, the flagship enterprise of The Zubair Corporation, commenced operations in 1973 at the outset of the Sultanate’s modern renaissance.  Its humble beginnings as a small importer of cars paved the way for its eventual growth into one of Oman’s most prestigious multi-franchise automotive distributors. Today, the Group’s marketing and after-sales operations have evolved into a formidable nationwide enterprise that caters to all major markets around the Sultanate. A network of 18 showrooms, 22 service centres and 28 parts outlets provides leading edge services to customers and the robust assurance that comes with ownership of some of the world’s best known automotive brands.

For more information on the group customers can visit their corporate website or call +968 24 500 000.