February 24, 2016 – College of the North Atlantic – Qatar (CNA-Q) recognized 167 Qatari students in its Technician Preparatory Program (TPP), who have completed Certificate credentials and are now qualified to work as technicians in Qatar’s Energy and Industry sector.
The students, who are all Qatari nationals and sponsored by local industry companies, received their designation at the Diplomatic Club during a ceremony on Monday.
The Technician Preparatory Program was started in 2005, when CNA-Q assumed the technical training program for Qatar Petroleum (QP). In the past decade, the program has grown to graduate over 1,650 technicians who now work with over 20 industry partners in four disciplines: mechanical, instrumentation, electrical and process operation.
In his address, guest speaker Mr. Adbullah Omar Al-Dafaa, Human Resources Manager at QP, congratulated graduates on this milestone. “Investment in human development is the most valuable asset for the State of Qatar,” he said. “We aim to attract and develop a capable Qatari workforce with internationally-recognized standards, integrating them in all levels of the sector, and provide them with long-term careers.”
Ghanem al-Naimi is a student who received his Certificate II qualification as a mechanical technician, and will now start work at RasGas. “I first knew that I wanted to work as a technician because I enjoyed the hands-on skills involved with energy production,” he said. “During my time at CNA-Q, I cannot explain how much I learned as a student, and as a professional. Under the sponsorship of my employer, I always felt that I was working towards something greater than myself – and working towards a career that I could count on.”
“We are very proud of the personal and educational development of each of these students, who will now take their place in the workforce to contribute towards Qatar’s National Vision 2030,” said CNA-Q President, Dr. Ken MacLeod. “This technician program is a hallmark of our College, and a testament to the responsiveness of our programming to prepare students with the technical skills to support and advance the State’s energy and industry sector.”
Since opening in 2002, CNA-Q has grown to offer over 30 diploma and certificate programs, graduating over 4,500 proud alumni from its TPP Program as well as from its Schools of Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, Information Technology and Business Studies. This year marks the 14th year that CNA-Q has been providing technical education in Qatar to support the State’s strategic vision to educate, develop and retain young Qataris.