(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Sohar Aluminium (SA) held a graduation ceremony at Crowne Plaza in Sohar for almost 70 students who joined the company to complete their summer internship.
The ceremony was graced by Dr Khalifa bin Saif al Jabri, state councillor and chairman of civil engineering and architecture department at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).
It was also attended by Said al Masoudi, SA's acting CEO, along with members from SA management and workforce.
The internship course was held for a period of two months during summer, where senior students and recent graduates got the chance to put theory into practice, applying what they have learned in universities and colleges into a professional working environment.
This summer students programme is held every year in line with SA's commitment to operate as members of the community, placing a huge emphasis on education and training by creating an environment of learning both within the organisation and in the community.
There was a business decision by SA board of directors to offer training to entire workforce to ensure unanimity across the plant since they are dealing with technicalities that requires a high level of safety measures to be considered. SA established its very own training centre that meets international standards and offers courses for its employees from basic level to postgraduate degrees.
The SA Training Academy has received commendation from the Ministry of Manpower and it will be able to offer internationally recognised certifications in the near future.
This is a great opportunity to recruit, train and develop Omanis in order to operate, maintain, supervise and then manage the plant.
Through a structured competency development programme, SA has enhanced the Omanization process to the current level where with 71 per cent of its workforce being Omanis.
During the ceremony, the acting CEO addressed the students wishing them all the best for their future and advised them to work hard and stay determined to achieve their goals, and the sky will be their limit. Masoudi thanked all SA managers and employees who assisted the trainees during their internships.