ITA and National Training Fund collaborate on Omanisation
MoU between ITA and National Training Fund to develop Omani IT skills
Oman's Information Technology Authority (ITA) and the National Training Fund (NTF) have signed an MoU to support Omanisation in the Sultanate and build the country's IT workforce.
The agreement aims to build a strategic relationship between the ITA and NTF to promote Omanisation and bridge the IT skills gap. Both entities will collaborate to encourage the enhancement of technical and vocational education and training in the IT sector.
The MoU was signed yesterday by Dr. Salim Sultan Al Ruzaiqi, CEO of ITA, and Sharifa Tahir Aidid, CEO of NTF.
ITA and NTF will work together to develop the capabilities of the local workforce and to encourage the enhancement of technical skills in the IT sector. Additionally, ITA and NTF will seek to promote productivity of the workforce by yielding efficiency through training programs and learning from local and international best practices.
The agreement stresses the significance of conducting research and studies on conditions of the local labour market, understanding the potential future requirements of the IT sector, and the urgent need to establish strategic partnerships leading global institutions to leverage training programs in the IT sector.
As part of the MoU, ITA and NTF will cooperate to enhance the development and sustainability of small-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the IT sector, and to identify areas whereby SMEs require support in terms of building workforce capability.
The two entities will also work jointly and with the Omani ICT Association to establish Sector Skills Council with the aim of building National Occupational Standards that will cater to the sector's needs.