Qatargas has won the prestigious ‘Qatarization Crystal Award’ in recognition of its efforts in “Supporting Qatarization” at the 14th Annual Award Ceremony held on the sidelines of the Qatarization Review Meeting of the Energy and Industry sector held recently under the patronage of His Excellency Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy and Industry.
The Energy and Industry sector’s Qatarization strategies and progress in support of Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016 were highlighted at the meeting, attended by His Excellency the Minister of Administrative Development Dr. Issa Saad Al-Jafali Al-Nuaimi, Professor Sheikha Al-Misnad, President of Qatar University, senior executives from participating companies and representatives from Qatar’s education community.
The award winners in five categories were selected from 41 companies operating in Qatar’s energy and industry sector.
Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Thani, Qatargas Chief Executive Officer received the award from H.E Dr. Al-Sada on behalf of Qatargas. Commenting on this achievement, the Qatargas CEO said, “It with great pride that Qatargas receives this recognition. This award underscores once again the success of our Qatarization policy which focuses on ensuring Qatari participation in all fields of the company’s operations. Attracting, developing and retaining qualified nationals are key elements of our recruitment policy and we are committed to the development of local talent, enabling young nationals to achieve their fullest potential.”
“As the largest LNG producing company in the world, employing state-of-the-art technology and innovations in all aspects of its business, Qatargas provides unique opportunities for young nationals to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of our high caliber diverse workforce and international shareholders. As we move ahead in our journey towards becoming the world’s premier LNG Company, our national employees have important roles to play, in the future of Qatargas and the future of our country. As envisaged in the Human Development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030, and under the guidance of His Excellency Dr. Mohammed Bin Saleh Al-Sada, Minister of Energy & Industry and Chairman of Qatargas, the development of our national workforce is a top priority at Qatargas.” he added.
This is Qatargas’ fourth Qatarization Crystal award since winning the award for ‘Supporting Qatarization’ in 2010. In the following year, Qatargas won the award in the ‘Support for Training and Development’ category. This was followed in 2013 with the award for ‘Support and Liaison with the Education Sector’.
Investing in the education and training of young Qataris is a key objective for Qatargas and is at the core of the Company’s corporate social responsibility strategies. The Company has well-established and proven strategies and programmes to attract, recruit and develop a talented National workforce which include the Company’s Outreach Program that focuses on liaising with the Education Sector and includes reaching out to schools and universities, participating in career fair events and visiting schools. National employees act as ‘role models’ at such events, providing career advice and sharing their experiences with the students.
The annual CEO Forum gives Nationals the opportunity to share experiences directly with the Chief Executive Officer. The Company has a recognition and awards scheme for rewarding competence development activity and providing encouragement and motivation to Nationals, including awards for best graduate and best trainee. Also, a process is in place that monitors, recognizes and celebrates academic and vocational achievements, through awards for successful completion of stages of education programs.
National Graduates, Trainees, and scholarships recipient students are supported with regular coaching and counseling. A Nationals Focus Group has been established to effectively engage Nationals in focusing on their learning and resolve any issues related to their development and progression in the company.
As part of its strategic Qatarization plan, Qatargas offers scholarships to high school graduates who are interested in pursuing disciplines of high demand required by the Company. The program has been developed designed specifically to manage expectations of those seeking scholarships and what they can expect upon completion of an academic qualification program. Career guidance is also given on how to seek the best educational path appropriate to target positions.
Qatargas has a high-level strategic Qatarization Planning Committee chaired by the CEO and comprises the Company’s Management Leadership Team as well as the Learning & Development Manager and Human Resources Manager. The Committee oversees all activities relating to the recruitment, training, development, deployment, progress and retention of Nationals through the structured bi-annual meetings.
The Company has undertaken several initiatives as part of its ongoing collaboration with the education sector. Qatargas representatives regularly attend CNAQ’s School of Engineering Technology and Industrial Trades Advisory Committee meetings and provide direction in the development, implementation and evaluation of academic programs which may benefit industry.
The Qatargas Engineering Manager was a member on the judging panel of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Qatar University’s Plant Design Competition. Qatargas also provided strategic direction to support a new Information and Communication of Technology Vocational Education Framework for Qatar, an initiative led by the Supreme Council of Information and Communication of Technology.
Qatargas continues its support and leadership on the Board of Trustees for Qatar Independent Technical School (QITS). The Qatargas Learning and Development Manager is the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees at QITS while Head of Qatarization and National Development is a Board Member.
In support of a program to help enhance young professional engineers in their field, Qatargas led a workshop for the Qatar Society of Petroleum Engineers. The Qatargas Engineering Manager also serves as Research Chair for Engineering Program at Qatar University.
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