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Times of Oman: Shell training 20 Omanis to be administrative assistants

Monday, October 16, 2006   

MUSCAT — As part of the continuing series of social investment initiatives being held since 2002, Shell has signed an agreement with the Arabian Training Centre LLC and Oman Society for Petroleum Services (OPAL) to provide training for 20 young Omanis to become professional administration assistants.

The nine-month programme has been specifically designed to attract secondary school graduates from Batinah region.

The training covers the following topics. Induction and health, safety, environment (HSE) for office environment, general English language, computer studies and familarising with keyboard, business communication and office procedures, effective communication, customer service and telephone skills, presentation skills, discipline and building an effective team skills, basic mathematics and statistics, working with human resources and time management. It also includes on-the-job-experience.

The agreement was formalised at a signing ceremony that took place in Shell’s office in Al Qurum in the presence of Dr Andrew Wood, Shell country chairman in Oman, Shahswar Al Balushi, chief executive officer, OPAL, and Talal bin Abdul Aziz Al Araimi, managing director, Arabian Training Centre LLC.

Dr Wood said that “This is a second training programme this year conducted by Shell that is targeting young Omanis from Batinah region after the supervisory skills course. The industrial area in Sohar is developing rapidly and we hope to support this development by equipping young Omanis with the required skills to fulfil job opportunities.”

Al Balushi said: “Sohar has good opportunities for young Omanis. Through this programme 20 men and women from Batinah region will be ready to work as administrative assistants in selected private sector companies located in the same region” Al Araimi said: “The programme includes theoretical and practical parts of the training. We are targeting November 2006 to commence the training and it is expected to complete the training in August next year.”

At least 370 Omanis have already benefited from similar ‘Training for Employment’ programmes provided by the Shell Representative Office Oman and started their careers in the private sector. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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