The seminar on "Education, Development Trends, and Current and Future Employment Opportunities in the Labor Market" will be organized by the Education Council on the 8th of May 2017 under the patronage of Her Excellency Dr. Rawya bint Saud Al Busaidia, Minister of Higher Education and Vice-Chairperson of the Education Council. The seminar will be attended by Minsters, undersecretaries, experts and specialists in charge of education, business and planning in the government and private sectors in Oman.

This seminar has been preceded by preparatory workshops conducted in September 2016 and February 2017.  The workshops tackled the future trends of the pivotal service, development, and economic sectors identified  in the ninth and tenth national  development plans, the role of education and training in fulfilling the needs of these sectors in terms of human cadres, the great importance of monitoring the needs in terms of academic and training specializations that the national labor force should acquire to become eligible to enter the public and private sectors, in conformity with the service, development and economic future trends. Moreover, the workshops aimed to discuss the challenges related to the education and training outcomes that are hindering the employment process in the private sector and the means to address them and to come forward with clear and explicit insights on the quality of the programs and disciplines needed for the labor market in the current and future period.

The seminar will touch on three main themes, namely, the Fourth Industrial Revolution and its implications on education and the labor market, the national project on the alignment of higher education outcomes with the needs of the labor market, and the current economic situation in Oman and its future trends, and the implications on education and employment.

It is hoped that this seminar will come up with information, proposals and visions that elaborate further on the required practical measures of several stakeholders in education and employment throughout the upcoming period, in line with the future trends of the various economic sectors.