Qatar’s private sector working with government to boost national talent

Author: Kirsty Tuxford | Date: 19 Oct 2016

Siemens and Maersk Oil among organisations actively encouraging Qatarisation

Qatar’s private sector is getting on board to help the government achieve its Qatarisation goals.

The objective of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 is to provide at least 50 per of Qatari citizens with meaningful permanent employment. The government also pledged, last year, that nine out of 10 public sector roles would be filled by Qatar nationals by 2026.

While Qatar’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al Thani, recently urged the public sector to speed up its plans to appoint Qatari citizens to jobs currently occupied by foreigners, the private sector is successfully heading towards its Qatarisation goals.

Several organisations are making efforts to train and employ Qatari nationals – RasGas in Qatar and Rolls Royce in the UK run training programmes, and Maersk Oil won the Crystal Award for ‘Supporting Qatarisation’ at the annual Qatarisation Review Meeting of the Energy and Industry Sector’s Strategic Qatarisation Plan earlier this year.

Siemens and The Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), have teamed up to provide a six-month internship for Qatari nationals, where they gain from mentoring and knowledge transfer. The programme offers participants exposure to some of the key projects being carried out by Siemens in the country, focusing on electrification, automation and digitalisation.

QF is a private, non-profit organisation that serves the people of Qatar by supporting and operating programmes in three core mission areas: education, science and research, and community development. It is dedicated to providing job opportunities for Qatari nationals, while simultaneously fostering younger Qataris in the hope that they will also benefit from the initiative.

“It’s impressive to witness the commitment and dedication of the interns. They bring valuable contributions to some of our major projects and deliver strong results,” said Dietmar Siersdorfer, CEO of Siemens in the Middle East and UAE. “This collaboration between QF and Siemens epitomises how a company like ours can contribute to skills transfer, while also learning from the interns’ local knowledge and unique insights.”

Mohammed Abdulaziz Al Naimi, chief operations officer at QF, added: "It reflects our wider vision to empower our nation’s greatest asset – its people. Training within the workplace offers an excellent opportunity for developing the skills and knowledge necessary to build a sustainable economy.”

The internship programme started in 2015 with three Qatari nationals, and this year has four participants. Previous interns returned to their respective jobs at QF on completing the internship, to build on the new skills they acquired.

The programme does not involve recruitment, but instead places QF employees at Siemens for a specific time. “The skills we look for in the interns are those relevant to Siemens such as a background in engineering, R&D or strong general business administration knowledge,” said a Siemens spokesperson.