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Shell Signs Agreement with the Ministry of Education to promote Entrepreneurship among students in Oman

MUSCAT, Oman 1 February 2015 – Shell Development Oman has signed an agreement with Oman’s Ministry of Education (MOE) to conduct a series of Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) training workshops for students across the Sultanate. The agreement signed by Mr. Chris Breeze, Shell’s Country Chairman in Oman and Dr. Nasser Salim Nasser Alghanabousi of the Ministry of Education’s National Career Guidance Centre follows the conclusion of the SME conference held last week at the Sultan Qaboos University (SQU).
Shell Signs Agreement with the Ministry of Education to promote Entrepreneurship among students in Oman

Chris Breeze and Dr. Nasser Salim Nasser Alghanabousi at the signing ceremony

Commenting on this agreement, Chris Breeze, Shell’s Country Chairman in Oman said “We are committed to supporting the ideas and principles represented at the SME Conference and are delighted to contribute to training and encouraging Omani school students to gain entrepreneurial skills. The earlier potential future entrepreneurs start thinking about their ideas and their markets, the more they will be empowered to take on such challenges when they emerge from school and university. This project combines our focus on fostering youth potential and on supporting the SME sector.”

In addition to the training workshops, Shell Development Oman will also hold and organize its first “My Ideas” competition designed to encourage students undertaking the training programme to share their business ideas upon completion of their training requirements. Students will initially compete on a governorate level and the top three winners in every governorate will progress to compete for the top three winners in the Sultanate. The “My Ideas” judging panel consists of representatives from Shell Development Oman, Ministry of Education and a third party from the SME sector in Oman.

The training workshops will be conducted for grade 10 students in all 11 Governorates of The Sultanate, with the aim being to create an entrepreneurial awareness among school students and to facilitate the development of their business skills and knowledge.

The first training sessions will be conducted in Muscat for a group of career guidance supervisors who work in different regions in Oman. The sessions will prepare these supervisors to go on and impart their knowledge to students in the different Governorates of The Sultanate. The training programme is planned to run from 1st February 2015 to 30 June 2016.

Over the past few years, Shell Development Oman held multiple workshops and open discussion forums targeting decision makers, leading organizations and entrepreneurs in Oman. Examples of these programs are Entrepreneur Partnership Forum, Bright Ideas and Women’s SME development. All of these programs were conducted with the aim of collaborating to build a prosperous entrepreneurial foundation in Oman.

About Shell in Oman

Shell is active in Oman across the oil and gas industry and is involved in joint venture and independent activities ranging from research and development, exploration and production to trading and retail. Shell also implements extensive social investment programmes that contribute to the sustainable development of the country. For more information about Shell in Oman, visit-http://www.shell.com/oman

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Mr. Nureddin Wefati

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Mr. Ali Khan

Spokesperson Middle East & North Africa

Shell EP International Ltd

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