August 05, 2018
1150 participants will have a rich experience of the attitudes, skills and knowledge of 4IR
Yesterday, Saturday August 4, 2018, with the blessing of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Diwan of Royal Court launched Al Nashia Scheme of the first edition of the National Youth Program for Skills Development, which focuses on the attitudes, skills and knowledge of the 4th Industrial Revolution [4IR]. The Al Nashia Scheme includes 150 participants aged 15 to 17 years old, from across the Sultanate's Governorates. It will take place from the 4th to the 17th of August 2018, during which the participants will be trained in coding, programming, critical thinking, digital media and digital citizenship, in order for their creative skills to be unlocked and used in their daily lives. They will also acquire an early awareness of the challenges and the opportunities raised by modern technologies. This scheme will be implemented in collaboration with specialized international institutions such as Lego Education, Firetech and the German University of Technology in Oman (GUtech).
The second scheme of the program is Al Shabab Scheme which will be launched mid-august with 1000 participants aged 18 to 29 years old. It will be delivered through Udacity virtual learning platform. Each participant will have the opportunity to study one of the three following courses: data foundations, introduction to programming and digital marketing, all qualifying them for a Nanodegree.
Application to Al Shabab Scheme was open to all young Omanis aged 18 to 29, be they students, employees in either the public or private sector, or job seekers. More than 11,000 young Omanis applied to join this Scheme, and they were subjected to several stages of screening, including an online questionnaire and tests in evaluation centers across the Sultanate’s Governorates.
Dr. Ali Qassim Al-Lawati, Advisor for Studies and Research to the Diwan of Royal Court and Chairman of the National Youth Program for Skills Development, said: “The National Youth Program for Skills Development has the blessing of His Majesty the Sultan who is committed to strengthening the capabilities of Omani youths and harnessing all possibilities, means and technologies to equip them with the knowledge and expertise related to the latest global applications. We are also proud of this elect group of young Omanis who have passed many tests to be selected for a unique experience focused on the 4th Industrial Revolution. I call on the participants to take full advantage of this unique opportunity and to take upon themselves to use the knowledge they acquire to serve Oman and its people, and contribute to the transfer of the applications of the 4th Industrial Revolution to the Sultanate, each in their respective field of competence.”
The evaluation and selection of participants in the program followed a rigorous and impartial methodology in accordance with clear competitive criteria. It was conducted by an independent institution with expertise in the field of competency development and human resources development. As for participants in Al Nashia Scheme, they were identified by the Ministry of Education on the basis of predetermined criteria applied to students enrolled in grades 10 and 11 in Public and Private Schools across Oman. Candidates then underwent two tests in evaluation centers across the Sultanate’s Governorates, followed by online video interviews to select 150 participants for the scheme.
The National Youth Program for Skills Development targets 3000 young Omanis aged between 15 and 29 years, to be selected from across the Sultanate’s Governorates. It will be implemented over two years in order to help Omani youths develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge needed for success in future fields of work, for them to be ready for the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).