July - September 2003
Bi-Annual Review of the Five-Year Qatarization Plan
The Sixth Bi-Annual Review meeting of the Strategic Qatarization Plan was held at the Ritz-Carlton on July 14th under the auspices of Minister of Energy and Industry and Chairman of Qatar Petroleum, H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah.
The meeting reviewed the Qatarization Plans over the past year and the targets accomplished of nine companies. A senior executive from each of Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Chemical Co Ltd, Anadarko Qatar, Total, Maersk Oil Qatar, Exxon Mobil, Qatar Petroleum Development Co, Qatar Electricity & Water Co. and Qatar Vinyl Co made presentations.
The meeting was chaired, on behalf of The Minister of Energy & Industry, by Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor Al Thani, General Secretary of the Planning Council and attended by directors of Human Resources, senior officials of Qatar Petroleum, senior Energy & Industry Sector executives and the University of Qatar.
Sheikh Hamad bin Jabor Ali Thani delivered the speech on behalf of H.E. Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah in which H.E. expressed his appreciation of the significant improvements in the Qatarization process and the sense of collaboration that existed among various companies to meet the target of Quality Qatarization that demands a workforce capable of meeting the challenges of the twenty first century.
H.E. also reiterated the continuation of work for expatriates who have contributed positively to the Qatarization drive noting these employees are considered valuable members of the workforce whose support to Qatarization is much appreciated. Companies need to work together to ensure that these staff members are recognized and retained within business units. H.E. referred to the Qatarization Steering Committee plans to address the key challenges facing the energy sector till 2005 – Qatari attraction, retention and English language competence.
Key Challenges to 2005
The Energy & industry Qatarization Steering Committee met on the 24 April 2003 and one of the items discussed was the identification of the key challenges facing the industry between now and the end of 2005. Three were considered to be the most critical – the attraction and retention of Qataris and their English language competence.
Special industry-wide teams were established and recommendations on each challenge were presented to the Steering Committee during a meeting on 23 June. To further focus resources the list of recommendations were then restricted by the Committee members to those recommendations that could realistically be beneficial in the time period specified. A team for each of the three key challenges was then charged with the responsibility of designing plans to implement resolutions for each challenge before the end of the year.
Qatar Petroleum’s Student Internship
Students studying through the Qatar Petroleum University Preparation Program majoring in Engineering, Geology and IT, and who will be entering their final year of studies in the UK and USA, attended a very successful four-week Internship Program from 13 July to 6 August 2003 at QP. This program is held annually during the summer university break.
The purpose of the Internship is to provide the students (currently seven) an opportunity to become familiar with their future departments and the requirements of targeted jobs and so make an easier transition to working life.
It also gives managers an opportunity to become familiar with the individuals and to plan the absorption of the student into the department upon completion of their studies. During the Internship Program the students were able to participate in the day-to-day operation of the department and in some cases become familiar with some of the equipment and plant that they will work on in the future both onshore and in some cases offshore.
Upon completion of the program the students attended a debriefing meeting at the Al-Ghazal Club on the 7 August with selected guests from the line, Human Resources and Corporate Training. They were also presented with gifts by Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Thani, Manager Human Resources, QP, followed by a lunch.