Maersk Qatar launches development programme
Doha, January 8, 2014
Maersk Oil Qatar has launched the first workshop of a two-year development programme for its Qatari employees.
The Qatari Development Programme provides employees in the early stages of their career with structured support through workshop modules and action learning sessions, said a statement.
The programme is designed to complement skills learnt at university and focuses on the attributes of successful managers - with sessions covering time and people management, group dynamics, strategic planning and financial management, it said.
Sheikh Faisal Al-Thani, deputy managing director, said: “We have doubled the number of Qataris at Maersk Oil in the past five years and seen a 23 per cent increase in those with bachelor degrees but the Qatari Development Programme, along with our Find Your Place recruitment campaign and more broadly our new Qatarisation Strategy, are signs that we are committed to doing even better.”
Scintillo, a specialist learning and development company from the UK, is assisting Maersk Oil Qatar with the programme.
The opportunity for a Qatari Development Programme was identified during a 12-month study by Maersk Oil Qatar that included a survey of employees, detailed mapping and analysis of best practise in Qatar and abroad and external scrutiny by experts on localisation schemes.
The study found the first two years was a critical period to develop national employees and provide clear pathways for career progression.
Sheikh Jassim Al-Thani, Maersk Oil Qatar’s head of Qatarisation, said: “Our exhaustive study showed that attrition was at its highest among Qataris during the first two years of employment.
"By providing more support and assistance over that time through the programme we hope that our employees will gain skills that allow them to develop into future leaders - which will benefit our business and ultimately contribute to Qatar’s future success.”
The Qatarisation strategy also includes a Career Orientation Review Scheme for existing employees that is overseen by a new in-house coach and a recruitment campaign. - TradeArabia News Service