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 training.  

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.

Starting out on a vocational pathway places no ceiling on opportunity, progression or professional development.

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 the instructors.

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 knowledge-based economy.

 

 written by : Pani Nikolaou – VET Specialist – Oman Logistics Center
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