The 7th Workshop on “Enhancing partnership between CoTs & Private Sector for developing Work Skills & Ethics
ACT organized a workshop on sharing experiences among technical colleges and private sector institutions in the field of developing work skills and ethics of employees under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Hilal bin Saeed bin Hamdan Al Hajri, Governor of South Batinah on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
The workshop started with a welcome speech by Dr. Issa Saif Al Tubi, College Dean. In his speech, he explained the importance of enhancing an effective partnership between public and private sectors in the field of work skills and ethics of the employees. He thanked the presenters and sponsors of the valuable and important work papers. He also appreciated all the staff who had worked behind the scenes to make the workshop successful.
The workshop was enriched by the opening paper from the Ministry entitled ‘The Importance of Transfer of Skills and Ethics among Students of Technical Colleges’ presented by Dr. Bassam Khalil Tabash, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Higher College of Technology, where he discussed the importance of personal skills, technical, cognitive and ethical principles and the transfer of students between technical colleges. The programme also included eight other papers dealing with different dimensions in the field of work skills and ethics, and the introduction of successful practices in this field.
The first session was chaired by Dr. Hamad bin Hilal Al Yahmadi, Counselor for Educational Affairs at the Diwan of the Royal Court and member of the Board of Education. The session started by welcoming the presenters of the sessions. The session was initiated by Sheikh Ali bin Saleh Al Hashar, a consultant, ORBEC, who presented a paper entitled ‘Personal Skills and Business Ethics’. He focused on personal skills, work ethic and strategy with the future work environment of each organization as well as the subjects and titles needed by institutions of higher education and included within its curricula to suit the vision of the private sector.
Sheikh Said bin Nasser Al Rashedi, CEO of Sandan Development Company, presented a paper entitled ‘The Stages of Professional Life (Real Experiences)’ in which he mentioned the importance of work for man, the beginning of professional life, the role of family and society and the right choice under the external influences, the search for work and options available and the reasons for success.
Mr. Saleh bin Hamoud Al Hassani, Director General of Investment at the Economic Zone Authority in the Wilayat of Duqm, presented a paper entitled ‘Keys to Success at Work’. He mentioned the most important axes of success that generate employment development and linked it to the public and private sector to create positive energy through labor relations between the same divisions within the institution and with the outside community.
Rashed bin Abdullah Al-Nasri, Executive Vice President of Development Institutions, Oman LNG, concluded the session with the title ‘The importance of preparing the work plan to enhance the efficiency of the employee in the organization’ which presented a successful model for a work environment that stimulates creativity and success. It is the Omani LNG Company and the experience of the development of the institution in enhancing the efficiency of its employees and employing the annual business plan as a strategy to develop the capabilities of its employees.
The second session was chaired by Dr. Ahmed Ali Al Shehri, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Al Musanna College of Technology, and initiated by Mr. Bader bin Saif Al Awfi, Assistant Director General for Administrative and Financial Affairs at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Oman, who presented a working paper entitled ‘Ethics and Skills of Work Innovation and Creativity’.
Mr. Ahmed Bin Saif Al Mazrouei, Chief Executive Officer of Majis Company, presented a paper entitled ‘Business Ethics and Ways to strengthen it: The Experience of Majis Industrial Services’. According to him, the principles of work ethics cannot be achieved and the work cannot be accomplished through ethics unless all the beneficiaries of this work are aware of the importance of values, behavior and legal and legislative practices that guarantee the right of all parties and orient the systems and mechanisms of successful institutions in the application of work ethics.
After that, Engr. Hashim bin Taher Al Ibrahim, Director General of Trade Support at Port Duqm Company, presented a working paper on employees' expectations, work within the team, cooperation and communication, and the objectives of education.
The second session concluded with a paper entitled ‘The framework for dealing with work skills and ethics at Occidental Oman’ presented by Mr. Hilal bin Abdullah Al Yaarbi, Regional Talent Manager for Occidental and General Manager of Social Responsibility and Public Relations at Oman Natural Gas Development Corporation. The paper dealt with Occidental's basic and ethical business skills and corporate strategy to develop the skills of its employees, consolidate and enhance their business ethic, and the methods used by the company to identify investment and evaluate business skills.
It is worth mentioning that the workshop was based on the combined results of the recommendations made by the Board of Trustees members of the technical colleges and the executive heads of the private sector companies from their field visits to technical colleges and the decisions taken at the meeting of the deans of the technical colleges for the AY 2017-2018.