Posted on April 11, 2011

Major companies and corporations taking part in the annual Qatar Career Fair, which is already in its fourth year, have vowed to attract, train and retain potential Qatari jobseekers.

“Change Your Future, Join the largest LNG producer in the world - Qatargas and Change the World” is the message Qatargas is communicating in its media campaign to aspiring Qatari graduates and jobseekers visiting its stand. Commenting on Qatargas’ participation chief operating officer (administration) Ghanim al-Kuwari said: “For Qatargas, this important annual event allows us to showcase the outstanding employment and career development opportunities offered by the world’s largest LNG producing company. Our presence at this fair is a part of our Qatarisation strategy, enabling us to meet and recruit qualified Qatari nationals in line with our commitment to ensuring Qatari participation in all areas of our company.”

Human Resources manager Abdul Aziz Mohamed al-Mannai said: “This is an important platform for us and Qatari jobseekers will be welcomed at the Qatargas pavilion by a team from our various professional backgrounds. They will take the details of interested candidates. All resumes will be reviewed and recorded for further follow up.”

Qatar Shell, which is a diamond sponsor of the career fair, is also attracting young local talents. “Shell aims to attract and retain talented Qatari nationals to enable the delivery and operation of Shell’s current and future projects in Qatar,” Shell’s executive vice-president Andy Brown said, adding that the fair was an excellent platform of contact between Qatar Shell and the local community, allowing the company to fulfil its promise to support the human and economic development in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030.

Pearl GTL project deputy general manager Sheikh Thani bin Thamer al-Thani said: “Shell is committed to the Qatarisation plan initiated by HH the Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani. I am pleased by the way the plan is being implemented in Shell, and I see fascinating and challenging careers for the talented Qataris joining us now and in the future.” The number of Qataris working for Shell has reached 204, which is 10 times more than four years ago. Shell continues to attract outstanding young Qatari talent such as Saad al-Matwi, a fresh graduate from Carnegie Mellon university, who was last month honoured with the Education Excellence Award by HH the Heir Apparent Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

An exhibitor in the energy and industry sector, Qatar International Petroleum Marketing Company Limited (Tasweeq) is also taking part in the QCF assuring candidates who could be inducted into its workforce as per the company’s requirements. The company aims to train and develop deserving candidates into becoming world-class employees having the right business acumen to market Qatar’s oil and gas products internationally. Chief Executive Officer Saad al-Kuwari said: “As an international organisation, we appreciate the contribution of our employees in the growth of Tasweeq by investing in our employees’ wellbeing and development. Employees are offered training programmes based on their vision of an ascending career graph and in the best interest of the organisation and its stakeholders.”

Executive director-administration directorate Abdul Razak al-Meer said: “The career fair has simplified the process of meeting and recruiting qualified nationals for various positions within Tasweeq. We have successfully achieved the target of 40% nationals in the mainstream workforce, in line with the human resource development within the Qatar National Vision 2030.” Human Resources director Sharoq al-Malki said: “Over the years, Tasweeq has focused and identified graduates and interns with the right aptitude to work in the energy sector. We aim to recruit and train a young workforce who can introduce fresh ideas to our business. The career fair provides a perfect congregation of candidates keen on beginning a promising career.”

Tasweeq’s mission has been to provide an environment to attract and develop high-potential Qataris while recruiting and retaining a diverse high-calibre workforce. Tasweeq, which is the fair’s gold sponsor, has recently launched a ‘You Matter’ campaign to engage and motivate employees. As part of efforts to meet its Qatarisation objectives, the Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco) was also present at the fair. Throughout the fair, Qapco’s stand will be manned by officials from the company’s various departments, who will carry out interviews on the spot highlighting the exciting employment and personal development opportunities Qapco offers.

Qapco vice chairman and general manager Mohamed Yousef al-Mulla explained that the company’s participation in the fair was part of its commitment to the strategic Qatarisation plan, which strives to develop a quality national workforce in diverse industries, including the petrochemical sector. “With the full support of Minister of Energy and Industry H E Dr Mohamed Saleh al-Sada and following the directives of the board chairman Hamad Rashid al-Mohannadi, Qapco has developed an extensive strategy to implement the Qatarisation policy and to raise the targeted percentage of Qatari employees up to 50%. This will be achieved through attracting, encouraging and urging the young fresh graduates and students to join the company.’’

Learning and Development manager Nasser Mohamed al-Hajri said: “The application forms presented in the fair will be carefully reviewed in order to identify the candidates’ skills. The best applicants will be selected, according to their qualifications and experience, and priority will be given to Qatari graduates, who have distinctive job aptitudes.”

Standard Chartered Bank is taking the opportunity of the fair to identify prospective Qatari national talent for various business functions within its operations. Commenting on the bank’s participation at the fair, SCB chief executive officer David Godwin said: “Standard Chartered continuously participates at career exhibitions in the country as we believe they are an ideal platform for us to identify Qatari national talent.” He mentioned that SCB has adopted an ambitious Qatarisation strategy which focused on attracting, training and retaining talented Qatari nationals. “Our participation at this exhibition is in line with our aspiration to be the employer of choice around the world in general and Qatar in particular,” he said.

The International Bank of Qatar (IBQ) also opened its doors to visitors offering them adequate career guidance that fits their skills and talents, in addition to presenting them with prospective and exciting career opportunities. IBQ, which aims at becoming the employer of choice in the country, has a long-standing track record in the development of programmes and activities underlying the bank’s commitment to support the Qatarisation initiatives of the country and the National Development Strategy 2011-2016. IBQ managing director George Nasra said: “IBQ is a rapidly expanding working community. The Qatar career fair presents us with a great opportunity to meet promising talent for the future. We, at IBQ offer our existing team and newcomers a full-fledged professional development platform through our Qatari development programme.” He mentioned that the bank’s track record included several acclaimed initiatives such as the unique “Learn to Lead” programme, summer internships and annual student scholarships.

Vodafone Qatar acting chief executive officer John Tombleson said:  “It was a great honour for us to greet HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. Vodafone Qatar is looking forward to meeting the fair participants this week and sharing potential opportunities for people to join us.” Vodafone Qatar’s booth located at BFS four, offers interested candidates the opportunity to meet with Qatari employees, discuss potential opportunities and get some insight into working life at the colourful and unique telecommunications company. Vodafone Qatar is currently recruiting for their retail stores and call centre, and is actively seeking Qatari nationals who are eager to gain experience in a ‘front-line’ sales environment.  There are also a number of other opportunities available, including Vodafone’s graduate rotation scheme and intern programmes, as well as a variety of permanent roles.  “For Qatari employees specifically, Vodafone Qatar presents an exciting environment and an unrivalled opportunity for career building and growth with a leading global company,” Vodafone Qatar’s HR director Jan Mottram said.

ConocoPhillips human resources manager John Kent said: “Our hope for the 2011 career fair is to identify some high calibre Qatari nationals who are looking for a challenging work environment that will provide professional development and will challenge and stretch them.  We view the fair as a very important forum for meeting with individuals and exploring possible career opportunities.  We always have some interesting conversations.” The company presently has almost 30,000 employees world-wide, with approximately 10,500 being a part of its global exploration and production organisation. One of Qatar’s leading business conglomerates, Nasser Bin Khalid, is also discussing with fair participants potential career opportunities within the group.

NBK chairman and chief executive officer Sheikh Nawaf Nasser bin Khaled al-Thani said: “The future of any country and organisation is in today’s youth. They are the leaders, who must guide industry and business through innovative thinking and creativity. That’s why at NBK, we have different enrolment and internship programmes for the Qatari youth.” He added that the fair was a great opportunity to network with that segment and discuss future career opportunities that suit their talent, skills and interests and prepare them to take on one of the most important roles in their lives.

Government transport solutions provider, Mowasalat, is participating in the Qatar Career Fair with the hope of attracting local talent to the fast developing company. The company has set up a pavilion at the fair that started at Doha Exhibition Centre yesterday. The theme of Mowasalat’s participation this year “is to steer youth to the right career,” said a company statement. As part of the company’s ambitious expansion programme, it has plans to recruit Qatari youth to key positions emerging in the company, it said. Openings would be provided in technical and other specialised areas, including operations, according to a company official.

The interested applicants could send their job application to the company’s e-mail: Applicants will also receive an auto-reply indicating their application tracking number. The company’s plan is to increase its Qatarisation rate from the current levels of 14 to 20% in the near future. At the company’s Education and Development department headed by Reem al-Khater, eligible Qatari hands are trained to sharpen their business skills and English language in co-operation with the College of North Atlantic Qatar.

The fair  runs until April 14.

source: Gulf Times