An employer of choice and an avid proponent of Omanisation, Sohar Aluminium (SA) participated in various career fairs held across Oman this year.

Career Fairs provide a platform for Omani Nationals with qualifications in diverse fields of expertise to meet directly with recruiters and hiring managers as well as seek out various training and career opportunities.

SA is fully committed to the vision of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said regarding Omanisation of the country's workforce. The company has established dedicated strategies and policies, to ensure that Omani Nationals are developed to take on challenging roles with increased responsibilities within the organization.

Highlighting SA participation in the career fairs, Mr Mohammed Al Shahab, Human Resources Administration (HRA) Manager at SA said, “We are committed to providing opportunities for talented Omani nationals to work and develop their career with us. Fairs like these help us to better network with students to understand their needs and offer our expertise and insight of what the industry requires in the coming years thus helping students to plan ahead. It also helps us to plan for the future accordingly.”

The HRA team of Sohar Aluminium actively interacted with students and graduates at Career Fairs in Sultan Qaboos University, Sohar University and Sohar College of Applied Sciences. The SA representatives answered queries on SA’s recruitment strategy while providing advice to students on being successful in the corporate world highlighting aspects of work ethics and professionalism.

SA's participation in the Careers Fairs is an integral part of the company's HR initiatives to bolster its Omanisation efforts. It was an early business decision by SA’s board of directors to offer proper training to its entire workforce whereby SA found this a great opportunity to recruit, train and develop Omanis in order to operate, maintain, supervise and then manage the plant.

Since then and through a structured competency development program, SA has further enhanced its Omanisation up to 71% where a large portion of Omanis work in all the areas and levels of the business.

Sohar Aluminium was formed in September 2004 to undertake a landmark Greenfield aluminium smelter project in the Sultanate of Oman. Jointly owned by Oman Oil Company, Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC - TAQA and Rio Tinto Alcan, Sohar Aluminium has won global acclaim for its superior, environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient technology.