The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) has recorded more than 280% increase in the number of Qatari engineers and employees during the past seven years, a statement said Wednesday. The number of Qatari employees reached 1,293 while the percentage of the increase of Qatari employees (non-engineers) reached 250% during the same period. Also, there is an increase in the percentage of Qatari engineers with more than 370% during the same period. Currently, there are 593 Qatari engineers while the number of non-Qatari engineers is 493.
This is a result of Ashghal’s clear strategy and the implementation of Qatarisation and scholarship plans which are in line with the national strategic objectives in addition to Qatar National Vision 2030. Ashghal is making unremitting efforts to raise the percentage of Qataris through Qatarisation of specialised jobs. Ashghal is considered one of the most important future destinations for engineers.
Rashid Saeed al-Hajri, manager of the Human Resources Department said one of the strategic objectives of Ashghal is to increase the percentage of Qatarisation according to the national strategy and plans in place for Qatarisation of jobs.
“We hope to reach the required percentages for this year according to plans. We will continue with the process of Qatarisation of jobs with competent Qatari resources, capable of facing challenges. At Ashghal, we aim to provide the best training programmes and projects to develop the skills and capabilities of employees and engineers through a variety of new administrative training and development programmes, in which Qatari engineers are attached to global companies responsible for project implementation in order for them to gain experiences.
"There is a clear strategy implemented by the human resources department, as there are various training programmes and projects for Ashghal employees. These include Leadership Development Programme for occupants of supervisory positions, Project Management Programme designed to enhance the capabilities of newly graduated Qatari engineers and Job Succession Programme which is designed to prepare a second line of Qatari leaders to occupy future leadership roles in Ashghal in the future.
"Also, there is the Graduate Development Programme which is designed to improve the skills of new graduates (non-engineers). These are in addition to the Graduate Development Programme designed to develop Qatari fresh graduates (non-engineers), Administrative Development Programme, which is designed to improve the skills of clerical job occupants and Individual Development Plans designed to develop the skills and capabilities of Qataris.
Ashghal provides training for non-Qatari employees through certain training programmes to keep up with new developments and requirements to face challenges. "These programmes aim to develop job competencies and prepare Qatari cadres to bare responsibilities and to attract as many students as possible to provide them with scholarships in various majors required by the Authority in coordination with concerned entities in line with job market needs in addition to provide summer training opportunities for school and university students."
Rashid Saeed al-Hajri