National Youth Program for Skills Development Launched in Oman
Under the blessings of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, the Diwan of Royal Court on Saturday launched the National Youth Program for Skills Development at GUtech. This is among the latest national programmes to be developed under the auspices of Diwan of Royal Court which till date have delivered public and private sector leaders.
Over the next two years, the National Youth Program for Skills Development is targeting 3,000 Omanis aged between 15 and 29 years. Participants will undertake learning focused on developing the attitudes, skills and knowledge associated with the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). Two schemes were launched: the first focusing on 15-17 years old; the second targeting 18-29 years old.
The two schemes delivered are Al Nashia Scheme and Al Shabab Scheme. While Al Nashia Scheme targets Omanis aged between 15 and 17 years old designed to deliver learning around skills such as coding, programming, critical thinking, digital media and digital citizenship, Al Shabab Scheme will target Omanis aged between 18-29 years and aims to build a large 4th Industrial Revolution ready community.
Speaking to Muscat Daily , Jon Morton, director, National Programmes, Diwan of Royal Court, said, “The aim of this programme (Al Nashia) is basically to equip those between 15 and 17 years with knowledge, skills and awareness of what the future of world of work is all about. We are talking about all the elements that make up the 4th Industrial Revolution such as robotics, artificial intelligence and programming. We are also very much talking about how they can work together and how they can think about their future. Another important aspect of this programme is to create a community of youth who will give back to the country.
“We are also launching something called Al Shabab for 18 to 29 year olds. So, the kids who will undergo this Al Nashia programme will get an opportunity to apply for Al Shabab when they attain the age of 18. Al Shabab is much more longer and intense and again it’s about how the future world of work works. Al Nashia will have 150 participants and Al Shabab will have 1,000. What we are doing is creating a community of people who care about Oman going forward. All these programmes, including the National CEO programme, are part of the national agenda.”
Successful participants of the stage one programme will achieve a Nanodegree – a new type of qualification designed specifically for 4IR skills development. Participants will be asked to select one of three Nanodegree courses. Successful completion will enable participants to apply for stage two of Al Shabab Program.
Qais Rashid al Tobi from the Office of Advisor for Studies and Research, Diwan of Royal Court and the supervisor of the programme, said, the scheme aims to unlock individual potential and provide participants with the awareness of both the challenges and opportunities that the new technologies present.
“Al Nashia Scheme is a highly practical 14-day residential program located at GUtech in league with international and national educational partners. The goal is clear, inspirational and obtainable for participants to emerge equipped with the knowledge, soft skills and the motivation to become innovators in an exciting 4IR era for Oman,” Tobi said.
“The National Youth Program for Skills Development has partnered with high national and international educational institutions such as Lego Education, Firetech and GUtech,” he added.
In the style of the other National Programs like the CEO programme, the National Youth Programs for Skills Development follow a rigorous selection process with clear criteria and assessment.