Oman Cables Industry (OCI), the leading Omani company in the cables and systems industry – part of Prysmian Group – has celebrated the first student graduation of the SHE STEMS initiative in Al-Fahm Stage, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
The graduation was held in the presence of H.E. Dr Rahma Ibrahim Al-Mahrooqi, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation of the Sultanate of Oman, and the CEO of Oman Cables, Cinzia Farise.
The SHE STEMS (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programme was launched in September 2022 with an initial intake of 20 Omani women. The programme welcomed female Omani nationals aged 18-28 who were registered as job seekers with the Ministry of Labour and have a General Education Diploma. The candidates engaged in an extensive six-month practical ‘Operating Maintenance’ course, validated by MoHERI and supervised by a number of highly proficient, qualified instructors. The project is part of Oman Cables’ ambition to upscale local talent to link Oman to a sustainable future.
“SHE STEMS aligns with Oman's ambitious Vision 2040 by expanding opportunities for Omani women and promoting a diverse, innovative and equitable economy. The program develops hands-on skills and training to prepare Omani women for the nation’s manufacturing and STEM sectors, opening new horizons for them in the labour market,” said Al-Mahrooqi.
Upon successful completion, each participant received a SHE STEMS certificate recognised by MoHERI and MoL. Notably, while receiving their diploma, two SHE STEMS students were offered full-time employment at OCI.
After a first successful intake, screening for the second batch of candidates has started already and OCI expects a large number of candidates for a second six-month full-time training – part in class and part on the field – in different technical disciplines, with the involvement of a recognised Technical Institute. Also for the second course, Oman Cables is sponsoring the course tuition fees and students are receiving a monthly allowance by the company.