Egypt has embarked on a development plan in collaboration with international oil companies (IOCs), as human resources (HR) training programs play a key role in Egyptian oil and gas companies. These trainings are a catalyst to attracting valuable talents, developing their technical know-how, and qualifying them to take on leadership positions in the future.
After encouraging entry into the energy world, the development programs ensure to enhance talented individuals’ paths. The Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (MoP)’s initiative to turn Egypt into a regional energy hub begins by developing the skills of future professionals. In collaboration with a variety of IOCs, the MoP began to implement several training programs for university students.
These training programs aim to guide the students to gain extensive knowledge and technical skills of the applicable techniques in the oil and gas sector. Not only that, but by implementing progressive methodologies in training, the learning environment proved to be even more beneficial. These trainings are divided into three parts: theoretical trainings, classroom practice, and practical training.
The theoretical training includes deductive learning techniques, where students fully grasp the material at hand. This methodology is delivered in a classroom environment where the trainer explains topics in front of the participants with the support of a whiteboard, flip chart, video projector, etc. The participants listen to the lecture, take notes and ask the trainer.
On the other hand, the classroom practice actively involves the participants. The trainer facilitates and organizes activities on basis of the exercise. It is complementary to the exposition of the theoretical part and offers a good opportunity to check and apply the learning of the participants.
To top it all off, and in addition to theoretical learning techniques, the practical training include hands-on experience in the field. Here, the theoretical notions acquired during the theoretical training module, are transformed into execution capabilities. This phase of the teaching process is mainly carried out with simulators and in laboratories and workshops. This will complement the theoretical part learned earlier, and thus, companies will ensure the application of a real-life learning environment for their trainees.
Other methods use case studies, for instance, to enrich students’ knowledge and broaden their horizon to become more open to new, innovative ideas. Moreover, through the latest technological advances in the oil and gas industry, the trainings also provide a real-life simulation where trainees can safely and analytically execute theoretical learning.
Not only that, but the trainings provides peer-to-peer sharing which leads to an inclusive learning environment among the trainees and encourage self-reflection.
The trainings guarantee a future economic and development stability in Egypt’s oil and gas sector. Through providing a variety of training programs in different energy fields, the ministry is keeping up with the changes and challenges that face the oil and gas industry worldwide.
The MoP also knows that human resources management is an integral part of elevating any entity. Thus, the ministry highly regards the development of its managerial positions through collaborative trainings with the IOCs. Managerial trainings do not only aim to improve the overall workflow, but ensures creating a safe environment for all employees. These trainings aim to develop a growth mindset that enriches the entire oil and gas sector.
Through presenting innovative leadership techniques and strategic change management techniques, the trainings provide an eye-opening experience to the trainees. These trainings aim to help employees build connections and lead an industry like the oil and gas industry. Accordingly, the trainings provide coaching techniques and methodologies; thus, fostering a culture of enhanced performance, engagement, and accountability. Conducting these trainings provide a great deal of technical and managerial approaches that in turn promote and sustain the sector’s development.
The programs and training developments, which are supported by the Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Eng. Tarek El Molla, fortify the growth and expansion of Egypt’s oil and gas sector in the long run. These trainings encourage a culture of change and evolution, creating curious minds that will shift the industry and taking it to a whole new level.