Oman’s Ministry of Manpower has launched a three-year initiative to create job opportunities for women in the country.

Several occupations have been identified for which women will be provided vocational training to equip them with the necessary skills. These include occupations like sales, food processing, sales and marketing of automobiles and skills in furniture upholstery in the first phase; and professional designing, decorations, tailoring of ready-made garments and an extensive project related to the agricultural segment in the second phase.

The third phase to be implemented in 2012 will train women for jewellery designing, which, would significantly contribute to the service demands of the Sultanate’s market.

As per the latest statistics provided by the government, the number of women employed in the private sector stood at 28,807 out of 156,135 Omanis.

The initiative by the ministry of manpower comes in the wake of a recommendation to all concerned authorities to develop strategies for creating more job opportunities for Omani women in the private sector, Nadia bint Rashid bin Humaid Al Shukeliya, Director of Studies and Planning, Ministry of Manpower, was quoted as saying by a local newspaper here.

Al Shukeliya said that the recommendation was made at the landmark Women’s Symposium.

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