Qatar Shell has celebrated the graduation of 21 employees, including 17 Qatari nationals, from three development programmes offered at Shell.
The Shell Advanced Technical Programme, Shell Graduate Programme and Work Area Learning Programme (WALP) are applied consistently across Shell’s global business and offered to operators, technicians, graduates and experienced hires, depending on the individual’s career path, according to a statement.
Graduates of the programmes come from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, including technical, commercial, corporate and business.
Misfer al-Bidaiwi, production manager at Pearl GTL (gas-to-liquids), expressed praise for the graduates: “Our most valuable assets are our people, and I am personally proud of the dedication that these graduates have demonstrated towards improving their technical and professional competencies. Developing local talent is key to our company’s success in Qatar and it is especially gratifying that 80% of the graduates are Qatari nationals with promising
The Shell Advanced Technical Programme is a three-year structured development programme for experienced technical professionals. “This programme is particularly beneficial to female technical employees to further develop and advance their careers in Shell. Due to the shortage of highly experienced female engineers in the labour market, especially in the oil and gas industry, there is a stronger need for education, retention and development of this technical talent pool,” the statement noted.
The Shell Graduate Programme is designed to offer university 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 successfully complete the programme will have worked collaboratively with a diverse group of Shell colleagues from around the world on challenging projects to help develop their leadership skills.
The Work Area Learning Programme is the main competency development tool for frontline employees, technicians and operators. Once an employee has completed WALPs specific to their area of work, they will develop the skills necessary to be able to perform the tasks for their role safely.
Shell’s development approach aligns with one of the four pillars of Qatar National Vision 2030: developing human capital, the statement adds.
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