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What is the National Youth Program for Skills Development’s vision?

It is a simple, but wholesome one. We want to build a community of young Omanis that is ready to embrace and make the most of the opportunities of the 4t​h ​Industrial Revolution.

What is 4IR all about?

There’s no dodging 4IR right now - it stands for 4t​h​ Industrial Revolution and, basically, sums up the ways in which technology development is changing - and will continue to change - the way in which we live and work. 4IR represents an exciting era in which to be a young adult in Oman.

What elements of the National Agenda does the National Youth Program for Skills Development address?

The 4th Industrial Revolution is a thrilling reality. And Oman has an extraordinary opportunity to exploit the benefits of the 4IR for its society and the national economy. But for this to happen effectively and successfully, it requires a young community of competent, capable and motivated Omanis. This is where you come in - along with the National Youth Program for Skills Development to help develop this 4IR-ready community of smart young minds.

What are the participant fees for the National Youth Program for Skills Development?

Now here is some really special news - participation costs you nothing! The National Youth Program for Skills Development is an investment by the Diwan of Royal Court. The Diwan of Royal Court sponsors all tuition fees, learning materials and administration, as well as appropriate travel and accommodation costs for modules taking place overseas.

Even accommodation in Muscat will also be covered for both programs. So, applying for the National Youth Program for Skills Development is a no brainer, as some might say.

How can I enquire about the National Youth Program for Skills Development?

If that has sparked your interest - and who wouldn’t want to find out more - the best starting point is to check out the Youth Program for Skills Development website. There you can read all of the information required to make a decision about your application. And if you have any enquiry about the admission process, simply email on admission@youth.om

What is the role of the National Youth Program for Skills Development Advisory Committee?

Put formally, the Advisory Committee supports the National Youth Program for Skills Development at all stages of its strategic positioning, program design, development and delivery. From your point of view, what makes the Advisory Committee exciting is that it comprises a young group in education or already in full-time jobs - so people relevant to you.

Where will the Oman-based modules take place?

For  Al Nashia Scheme, the program will take place in Muscat, at GUtech.

For Al Shabab Scheme, the Team Building module will take place in Oman, but outside of Muscat. Buses will be arranged to collect participants from previously agreed locations in/around Muscat for transfer to the venue. International modules will take place either in Singapore or in Switzerland.

Does graduation from the National Youth Program for Skills Development guarantee a promotion or a job?

Graduation from the National Youth Program for Skills Development does not guarantee a job or any future promotion, be that in the public or the private sectors. The National Youth Program for Skills Development is not involved in any recruitment activities. What we can guarantee you is a nourishing knowledge experience during our time together - an enriching chapter in your study or work journey as Oman embraces the 4th Industrial Revolution.

Is it necessary to have a laptop or computer during the registration period and the learning journey?

Yes, it is necessary to have a laptop or computer; in order to register for the Program and access the Program's e-learning platform. You can also browse the website using tablets, if available.

Is Internet access needed during the registration period and the learning journey?

Yes. Internet access is required in order to register and access the e-learning platform; A minimum speed of 4 Mb/s is required for an optimal experience.

What if I do not have Internet access after all my attempts to find an internet connection?

You can use the Internet in your school's computer room. Please inform the Program Team through the available support tools; so they can assist you.

Is it possible to browse the e-learning platform through a mobile phone?

In order to enjoy a smooth learning experience it is recommended that you use a computer or laptop; since the platform has been optimized for these devices. While it is possible to access the e-learning platform through a mobile phone, we cannot guarantee an issue free experience.

Is it possible for someone else to use my account for the Program?

No. Your personal account for the Program is yours alone, and should never be used by anyone else. It is important to be aware that all learning and submission of homework must be done only by you. Any violation will detected by the Program Team, may result in your disqualification from the program.

What can I do if I do not have a laptop or a computer?

You can use the computer room or the learning resources room at your school. Please contact the Program Team through the support tools; so they can assist you.

Which Internet browser should I use?

For a smooth and comfortable experience, we recommend using the Google Chrome browser; as it was used in testing the e-learning platform. While it is possible to access the e-learning platform using other browser, it is not recommended.

How can I register on the Program's e-learning platform?

Please refer to the "Registration Instructions" letter, which you will find in your invitation envelop. Please note that access to the e-platform is by invitation only, and no one will be granted access unless they were one of the students who received an invitation.

I lost my serial number, what should I do?

Please provide us with your personal data through the technical support available on the registration page and we will assist you.

Do I need to have an e-mail address?

Yes, an email address is mandatory for the registration procedures. If you don’t have an email address you can easily create one with any of the e-mail service providers, such as Gmail, Microsoft, or others.

When does the registration end for the Program’s e-learning platform?

You must register no later than the 1st of February 2020. If you fail to register by that date you will not be able to participate in the program.

During the registration phase, I have not received the ID code necessary to complete the registration procedures and access the Program's e-learning platform?

Please make sure that you have entered a valid phone number. If you are still facing the same issue, please contact us through the support available on the registration page and we will assist you.

Is it necessary to enter a mobile number when registering on the e-learning platform?

Yes, entering a phone number is mandatory for the registration process. If you don’t have a mobile number, it is recommended to use on of your parents’ mobile number. The Program Team will communicate with you throughout the Program’s period on this number via text messages, so please make sure to you use a phone number that is readily accessible. If for any reason you no longer have access to the provided mobile number contact the program team immediately through the support section on the platform.

How do I start the educational journey for the educational modules and curricula?

The educational journey will start in mid-February 2020 and the first stage will be 4 weeks long. During this period, the educational content will be made available on the learning platform every Thursday. Each educational module will have a specified time period in which you must complete all the curricula and activities. You will not be able to unlock the next module until you complete the previous one.

I have prior experience with the Python Programming Language; can I automatically skip the Program?

You are lucky to have previous experience in this field. However, this does not exempt you from taking part in the program. Think of this as an opportunity to further develop your skills and knowledge.

What is the language of instruction?

English will be the primary language of instruction given that programing requires English as a prerequisite. The first phases of the program will be online and available in both Arabic and English. However, phase two and three will be delivered predominantly in English.

What type of support can I expect during the four weeks?

Support will be provided to you in several forms: Al Nashia Programmers Forum, Instant chat with the digital professor, weekly broadcast sessions, as well as email support.

What would happen if I could not attend the weekly sessions on time?

The broadcast session will be recorded and shared with you shortly after the session ends on Tuesdays.

Will I be able to access the previous modules materials after the new materials are released?

Yes. The materials will remain available to you at all times during your educational journey.

How many hours a week should I expect to spend on my coursework, in order to succeed in this program?

While everyone has a different pace, we expect that you will need 3 hours on average per week to successfully complete the first phase.

What is the Al Nashia Programmers Forum and how can I participate in it?

The digital forum is a feature within the Program's e-learning platform, through which you can ask questions and get answers from the Program’s supervisors and other students. We encourage you to participate in the forum, by reviewing the raised questions and topics on a daily basis, answering the questions you know, and asking questions that you need answers to. Be sure to read and comply with the Forum's Code of Conduct.

Can I study with my colleagues, siblings or friends who are not participating in the Program?

The program has been designed for self learning and it is recommended for you to study on your own to get the most of it.

Will my participation in the Program affect my school work?

The Program is designed so that you can study during the weekend or during the week for around half an hour. Participating in the program will be beneficial to you and we encourage you to commit to it.

Will participants be provided with means of transportation to reach the assessment centers?

It is your responsibility to arrange transport to and from the assessment center.

Can I take the test again if I didn’t pass it on my first attempt or if I was unable to attend?

You are only entitled to take the test once, if you fail or are unable to make it you will not be able sit for the test again.

Where will the evaluation centers be located?

The team identified major locations across the Sultanate for the assessment center taking into consideration accessibility for all participants. If you are qualified for the Assessment Center Stage, you will be notified at a later stage of all details regarding the assessment center

What are the criteria for selecting the participants in the Program?

Participant were selected based on merit and in a way to ensure inclusion of students from all regions of Oman.

Can I participate in the Residential Program without participating in the First and Second Stages on the e-learning platform?

No, in order to participate in the residential program, you would need first to have finished the previous phases and successfully qualified for the residential program.

Will I receive a certificate after completing the Program?

Students who finish the first phase of the program will be provided with a certificate of completion. Students who progress to later stages will also receive additional certification to showcase their accomplishment.

Where will the residential program be held?

It will be held in the campus of the German University of Technology (GUtech) in Oman in Muscat Governorate. Further details will be shared with you if you are selected to move forward to this phase.

When will the residential program be held?

You will be informed about all details relating to the residential program at a later stage if you are invited to attend.

Can the participants go home on weekends during the Residential Program’s period?

No the residential program will continue to be held over the weekend. Al Nashia Scheme offers fun activities on the weekend, and we would like all the participants to be a part of it.

Will the male and female participants stay in the same dorms during the Residential Program’s period?

No, there are separate female and male dorms on the University campus.

Does the supervisor stay with the participants in the same dorm during the Residency Program’s period?

Yes, the supervisor will reside in the same dorm building as the participant he is assigned to support.

Are there security and safety precautions around the dorms during the Residential Program’s period?

Yes, the residential complex is monitored with cameras 24/7, and the security guards will be present during the Program’s period; furthermore, the university staff has experience in providing a safe environment for the participants.

Are there breaks in the Residential Program?

Yes, the Program is designed to provide plenty of time for lunch and dinner breaks, as well as short breaks between different sessions. All activities and sessions provided by the Program are designed to allocate break time coinciding the prayer times.

What kind of support do participants receive during the Residential Program’s period?

Any support needed by the participant will be met by their allocated supervisor. Each supervisor will be responsible for around 10 participants. The supervisors role is to help the students get the most of the program while meeting any needs they might have.

Does the supervisor stay with the participants in the same dorm during the Residency Program’s period?

Yes, the supervisor will reside in the same dorm building as the participant he is assigned to support.

What happens after the Program?

If you pass the entire learning stages of the Program, you will become one of the graduates of the Al Nashia Scheme in its second edition of the National Youth Program for Skills Development.