Muscat – The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT) on Tuesday launched a national initiative – Makeen – to train 10,000 Omanis in the digital sector by 2025.
The launch ceremony took place under the high patronage of HE Dr. Said bin Mohammed al Saqri, Minister of Economy, as part of the activities marking the designation of Muscat as the Arab Digital Capital 2022.
The initiative aims to train the national workforce in new skills in the field of communications and information technology and to enable young Omanis to earn a living in the digital sector.
“As one of the Ministry’s goals in the Tenth Five-Year Plan, through a partnership with a group of leading local and international educational institutions in the ICT sector, the initiative will help provide the market with work a national workforce trained by keeping up with the rapid pace of changes in the business environment and the technical skills required in the market,” said H.E. Dr. Ali bin Amer al Shidhani, Undersecretary for Communications and information technology at MTCIT.
According to HE Shidhani, the initiative aims to create competition among young Omanis for businesses that require advanced digital skills, bridge the gap between the curriculum and labor market needs, and establish strategic and lasting partnerships with organizations. leading international institutions in the digital field. qualifications and training.
Makeen includes several training programs such as Tech Camps, which are six-month intensive hands-on training modules focused on programming and advanced technologies – artificial intelligence, data science and software engineering.
The initiative also includes an advanced skills program, which will prepare workers to benefit from local and international freelance platforms, qualifying them in areas such as data science, digital marketing, programming and digital product management.
In addition, the ministry has signed several memorandums of understanding and cooperation with specialized companies to establish an electronic platform for Makeen, provide training courses on technologies of the fourth industrial revolution, conduct professional certification programs and provide the necessary infrastructure to develop technical solutions.
The MTCIT also announced the launch of a training program for women to improve their participation in the fields of communications and IT and to develop their capacities in the sector.
It will be implemented in cooperation with Huawei, Oman Liquefied Natural Gas Company, Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Education.