Oman’s vision for future “Oman 2040” developed under the Royal Directives of His Majesty, The Sultan of Oman, identifies “Labor Market and Employment” as one of the national priorities. “The National Program for Enhancing Economic Diversification – TANFEED” in its findings also highlighted the importance of reforms in “Labor Market and Employment” sector.
Availability of skilled manpower directly or indirectly not only affects the achievement of economic diversification goals identified by TANFEED but also affect the 12 National Priority areas identified by Oman 2040 vision, be it related to education, health, private sector, economy, sustainable growth or governance, etc. In view of the above, Technical and Vocational Education (VET) has been reinvigorated in the Sultanate. VET is re-envisioned as outcome-based training directly linked with the demands of the employers leading to an agile labor market.
In order to realize the outcome-based VET, the Ministry of Manpower has established the “Occupational Standards Center” under the ministerial decree no. 76/2011 and later restructured it through Ministerial Resolution No. 169/2019, as a regulatory institution concerned with developing legislative, regulatory and technical frameworks for skills development in cooperation and coordination with the private sector through distinct entities called Sectoral Skill Units, which will be established successively to cover all important economic sectors in the Sultanate.
Since its inception, the Center imbibed the guiding principle of acting with honesty, integrity and thoughtfulness for achieving long term growth through building adaptable systems and processes while sharing the accountability and ownership of results. Acting through this guiding principle, the Center collaborates with the private sector as an indispensable partner in transforming the VET into an industry-oriented vocational education system.
Working as one family, we aspire to develop the center as a reference model for the skills development ecosystem in the region by assimilating the international best practices, undertaking research and partnering with the private sector & to achieve our vision of developing and promoting the Omani workforce.
Dr. Mohamad Mustafa Al-Najjar
Director of Occupational Standards Center