“Youth Employability: Towards a Role for Civil Society in partnership with Public & Private sector

Under the patronage of His Excellency Dr. Yahya bin Badr Al Maawali, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Development, Tawasul in Partnership with Microsoft and  Information Technology Authority (ITA), organized a seminar on “Youth Employability: Towards a Role for Civil Society in Partnership with Public and Private sector”.

The seminar was held at Crowne Plaza on Wednesday 27thof April from 9am to 1.30pm.  

The seminar aimed to enhance the role of Civil Society (NGOs) to address Youth Employability , by leveraging technology (IT), in partnership with Public and Private sector.  It discussed the various practices of private sector and NGOs to address the capacity of youth to enhance their employability opportunities, and how technology (IT) can increase these opportunities. Different themes were developed such as  Youth, Technology, Employability, Civil Society and Entrepreneurship.

The session was opened by Mr. Talal Al Rahbi, Deputy CEO for Operation of ITA, Mr. Shaikh Saif al Hosni, Public and Education Sector Manager of Microsoft and Nasra Al Adawi, Chief Operations Officer of Tawasul.   Dr. Zaki Khoury, Business-Manager Gulf of Microsoft, gave the Key note speech about “the role of Civil Society in leveraging IT and enhancing youth employability”.  

The first panel was moderated by Ms. Abeer Al Jassim, General Manager of Knowledge Horizon Institute. Mr. Salim Al Maqbali, General Manager on HR at Omantel, Mr. Fahad Sultan Al Abri  GM of Digital Society Development Division of ITA and Mr. Abdullah Hamoud Al Jufaili, Deputy GM of  Shell Intilaaqah discussed the skills needed for youth employability in Oman. 

The resources that NGOs need to play a role in developing employability skills was discussed in the second panel moderated by Khalid Al Haribi, Managing Director of Tawasul. This panel gave a youth perspective with Mr. Sultan Al Fare’i, President of Marketing and Public Relations of Youth Vision Group, an entrepreneurial view with Ms. Fatma Hassan Al ShidadDirector of Women in Technology (WIT)  in Salalah and finally Ms. Sharifa Al-Barami, Vice President of OWA Muscat, will bring an institutional perspective of the question. A questions and answers session followed the discussions.

Then, speakers concluded by a call for action giving keys to know “What are the successful attempts that can illustrate and motivate other NGOs to do the same”. “This partnership of Tawasul with Microsoft indicates the importance of IT as a tool for professional development” pointed Khalid Al Haribi, “CSO have a big role in supporting opportunities of Youth Employability”.