VET is not something new in Oman, it has a long
history. According to the Education Council, the first form of vocational
training was introduced in 1967 by Petroleum Development Oman.
Today, VET programmes are provided through seven
public Vocational Colleges (Seeb, Saham, Sur, Ibri, Shinas, Al-Buraimi and Salalah),
many of which were established in 1979, while an eighth, in Al Khaburah,
specializes in Marine Services. Public Vocational Colleges coexist with
numerous private vocational training providers offering a wide variety of vocational
In the past VET may have been
associated with low skill and low pay, spending your time outdoors with limited
or no prospects of progression.-
Making good career choices is an
important in the future development of any individual. In 2020 the logistics sector
offers an huge range of opportunities for professional development and progression.
The Oman Qualifications Framework (OQF) sets the standards for someone
to move whether that be vertically, horizontally and diagonally, allowing for
Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Credit Transfer and
RPL seek to evaluate the skills and knowledge acquired either inside or outside
the classroom, recognizing competencies against a set of level descriptors for each
of ten levels.
Vocational Education and Training often
suits the style preference of many ambitious students, eager to learn, who
excel with a more practical approach to teaching.
Vocational training is usually
undertaken in small class with students enjoying individualized attention from
In many economies Vocational
Education and Training is credited with keeping unemployment low and increasing
productivity. According to research undertaken from the the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop, 2011), investments in VET will
play an important role in achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth
within the more knowledge driven economies of the future.
SOLS 2040 focuses on capacity
building and anticipates workforce requirements up to 2040. The majority of
growth positions are and will remain at the skilled level, for which the required
skills sets fall under VET.
GCC research indicates the same and further
sheds a light to the enormous potential in VET related job opportunities. We require 10 people with vocational skills for every higher
education graduate if we are to achieve a sustainable and diversified
written by : Pani Nikolaou – VET Specialist – Oman Logistics Center
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