The Occupational Standards Center (OSC) was established in 2011 under the Ministry of Manpower via decree no (76/2011) and later restructured in its current form through Ministerial Resolution No. 169/2019.
The OSC is a governmental regulatory and technical legislative body concerned with developing a sustainable system for skills development in cooperation and coordination with entities representing the different economic sectors in Oman. It provides the overarching strategy, policy direction and regulatory criteria for the development and maintenance of competency-based standards.
The OSC regulates the development and maintenance of National Occupational Standards (NOSs) and contributes significantly in translating these NOSs into effective training programs and skills certification schemes to enhance the quality of the workforce. Clearly, the OSC has a socio-economic role and aspires to play its part in an effective manner.
To fulfill its roles, the OSC is establishing and licensing Sector Skills Units (SSUs). The key functions of these Units are to develop, maintain and implement NOSs and related products, conduct skills gap analysis, publish sectoral labor market analysis reports and thereby improve the training delivery in vocational education and training (VET) sector in the country.
In the OSC, our vision is:
“To promote Omani workforce”
In working towards this vision, we strive to achieve the following objectives:
- Create a responsive and sustainable skills development system
- Establish OSC as a “Center of Excellence” for research in skills development
- Create a platform for effectively engaging stakeholders for developing industry ready workforce
- Ensure consistency and effectiveness of skills development system
- Enhance the employability and mobility of Omani workforce