Qatar Shell has celebrated the graduation of 26 employees, including 22 Qataris, from the Shell Graduate Programme (SGP), applied consistently across the globe.
The SGP is designed to offer fresh graduates the training, development and support they need as they establish their professional careers within the company. The duration of the programme is three to five years, depending on the individual’s career path.
Graduates who have successfully completed the programme worked collaboratively with a diverse group of Shell colleagues from around the world on challenging projects to help develop their leadership skills. The graduates come from a variety of disciplines, including technical, commercial, corporate and business.
Rob Sherwin, general manager of corporate affairs and deputy country chair at Qatar Shell, expressed delight that 22 Qataris are among the graduates who have met Shell’s rigorous global standards in the past few years of their career.
“I am particularly grateful to their managers and mentors who have provided the coaching necessary for these young leaders for the next phase of their careers. The SGP plays an important role in helping some of our brightest and most talented graduates early in their careers to prepare them to take on leadership roles.”
For participants, the programme helps build their leadership competencies and skills, exposes them to real business challenges from which to learn, and provides guidance on how to improve their current performance. Other benefits include experience working in a team to deliver results and establishing a global professional network.
The SGP encourages participants to demonstrate a commitment to Shell’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect for people. In addition, they are expected to champion the company’s five behavioural imperatives that are considered key to business success. These behaviours include having an external focus and a commercial mind set, as well as maintaining a focus on delivery, speed and simplicity.
Yousef Saleh, Qatarisation champion and general manager at Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre, said: “Shell provides challenging experiences to young professionals early in their careers in order to sharpen their leadership skills and accelerate their development. Supporting local talent and grooming future leaders helps us fulfil our aspirations to become the employer of choice for Qatari nationals.”
As of this year, Qatar Shell employs around 300 Qataris who serve at all levels of the company across different technical and non-technical positions.

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