A further group of 11 young Omanis, successfully completed their requisite training programme in the Ground Operations Department, of Oman Air and are now fully qualified to operate as Traffic Assistants at Seeb international Airport.
In this regard, Mr. Mazen bin Saif Al-Amad, Senior Manager Ground Operations of Oman Air said, “Our new batch of traffic assistants have undergone intensive in-house training in all spheres of Airport Services. This is to ensure that they are outfitted
with proficiency and eligible to carry out their responsibilities effectively and responsibly. Oman Air SMGO added, “Ground Operations department and Oman Air’s training centre are collaborating efficiently in conducting specialised tailored training programs for new recruits as well as our existing staff members. Through upgrading the specialized preparation programs, using high-tech techniques and equipments, the company furnishes the national talent with the ability to handle new technologies in the aviation sector, which differentiate with its rapid revolution and progression.”
Oman Air’s Corporate Communications and Media department stated that a fundamental pre-requisite to economic development and growth is the availability of skilled and competent employees. Human resource management and training has been influential in the economic competitiveness and success in the Sultanate. Omanization is the vision of Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who since 1970, has successfully led the country through a period of economic expansion, and has made national education a priority and is intent on generating job opportunities for Oman's young high school and college graduates. Oman Air is committed to achieving the highest qualitative Omanisation targets in accordance with the aspirations of the Government of Oman, by attracting and retaining a highly qualified Omani workforce within the industry. The national carrier has fully integrated Omanisation into all levels of the organization from field technicians to management positions.
Oman Air’s training centre clarified that Traffic Assistant Trainee’s course is divided into two main stages: The first involves theory on Aviation field, which lasts for 52 days and includes passenger handling and customer services, department control system, ACSI and security briefing along with IATA standards. The second stage is the On Job Training (OJT) Program in the airport for their practical experience, which provides apprentices with first hand practice in applying their theoretical knowledge on the aviation sector. Taking into consideration that proficient highly qualified IATA approved instructors conduct these courses, certainly the trainees ought to take hold of the significance and concepts that are of high international standards.
Bearing in mind that the national economic success is achieved through an educated, trained, and skilled national human resources, Oman Air today employs 2260 Omanis representing 73% of the company’s working force. Oman Air is striving to raise this percentage, and anticipates employing a new batch of 25 Traffic Assistant trainees who are currently undergoing the basic standard recruitment procedures.