05 Nov Launch of online application form for TAHLYA 2018
Omani Nationals looking for a place on MEDRC’s TAHLYA training program; a BP Oman sponsored program in desalination, may do so from today by applying online at www.medrc.org/tahlya
The TAHLYA program seeks to train young Omani nationals in reverse osmosis desalination technologies.The program aims to create a pool of skilled and employable labor in desalination within Oman and will help to meet the labor requirements of the countries fast evolving desalination sector. “The desalination industry is rapidly expanding and it needs talented Omanis to drive it forward” commented Riadh Dridi, Head of Training at MEDRC Water Research.
Applicants will be competing for the 75 places that are available on this course. They will be put through a rigorous selection process involving an aptitude test and interview rounds. The selection panel will consist of representatives of the desalination sector and other key water stakeholders in Oman.
Training is split into two distinct levels; Operator Training and Supervisor Training. Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree are eligible to be selected for the Supervisor course while a diploma is a prerequisite for the Operators Course. The curriculum is delivered using a three-tiered developmental approach. Students will receive; classroom training providing the theory of desalination; practical hands on training at MEDRC’s own pilot training plant and an Observational Internship at an operating desalination plant. This approach will provide students with a strong academic and practical education and build a familiarity with real scale plants and procedures.
Aside from building technical skills and expertise, the program also provides personal development and character building opportunities for students. This year for example, students attended a financial literacy workshop provided by Youth Vision, a motivational and leadership workshop provided by Outward Bound Oman and a professional coaching workshop provided by the International Coach Federation, Oman.
MEDRC has a firm commitment to ensure that trainees under this project have the skills to join the labour market. They work closely with members of the desalination sector to ensure that TAHLYA graduates have the skills and capacity to help the sector achieve its in-country value objectives.
The window for applications opens from today November 5th, 2017 and closes on November 30th, 2017. Training begins in January 2018.