Initiated by Sohar Port and Freezone, and now in its sixth year, the Sohar Summer Programme will see over 300 students from Sohar, and the nearby province of Liwa, go through a three week training programme at the port. This is intended to arm them with the practical skills they will need to help increase their employment prospects in the future, against the backdrop of the rapid industrialisation that is taking place in Sohar and which is creating many new opportunities for young, local talents equipped with the right skillsets.
The programme is being held at International Maritime College Oman (IMCO), a specialist education and training institute in Sohar which normally offers diploma and degree courses for the maritime, shipping, port, transport and petrochemical process industries. Since 2012, over 1,300 local students have successfully completed the Summer Programme and many are now entering the local job market for the first time.
Mark Geilenkirchen, Sohar Port and Freezone chief executive, says, “We believe every dollar invested in local education is an investment in all our futures. By helping to build stronger communities, with more sustainable economic success and more shared prosperity, everyone wins: the Port, the Freezone, our tenants, our overseas investors and the local community.”