Petrofac to grow the skills of Emirati graduates

Petrofac to grow the skills of Emirati graduates
Published: 30 January 2019 - 5 a.m.
By: Martin Menachery

The company has operated in the UAE for more than 30 years, employing around 4,000 employees in the region. Since the launch of its global graduate programme in 2004, Petrofac has employed 1,500 graduates, with more than half of them remaining in the company today. Now the company aims to enhance its already diverse workforce by encouraging more Emirati graduates to apply for this year’s programme.

George Salibi, chief operating officer, engineering and construction, Petrofac, commented: “The UAE is one of our most important markets, and as a company, human capital development forms the cornerstone of our success.We are looking to invest in Emirati graduates and empower them to discover their untapped potential.”

“Through the programme, we aim to develop their skills, and help them position themselves as key contributors to a future economy, prepared for the needs of the workplace of tomorrow. The programme further underpins our commitment to the creation of in-country value and the growth of the UAE’s oil and gas sector.”

Through the Petrofac Academy – the company's in-house centre of excellence for employee and career development – successful candidates will undergo a four-year structured programme in the UAE. Alongside technical training in their chosen discipline, graduates will have the opportunity to develop their skills through on-the-job learning, often on live projects. Additionally, they will have access to support to create tailored development plans.

Ayman Asfari, group chief executive, Petrofac, said: “Our global workforce comprises more than 80 nationalities across 30 countries. We are a people business, so our talent makes us who we are and sets us apart from our competition.”

“The entire oil and gas industry is working hard to reverse a historical gender imbalance and skills gap.At Petrofac, we are committed to playing our part by ensuring our graduate programme embraces diversity of ethnicity, nationality and gender.”

“The combination of structured learning and on-the-job training in live project environments will give candidates excellent exposure to the business and stand them in good stead for their future development in the company. I look forward to welcoming the next generation of talent into the business later this year and watching their progression.”

Applications are now open for positions in a wide range of engineering disciplines – including mechanical, electrical, civil and process – as well as in the company's HR, IT and Finance functions. Interested graduates have until Monday, 25 February 2019, to browse the global opportunities available via Petrofac's dedicated online graduate portal at All applicants will undergo a rigorous selection process, with successful applicants commencing employment in October 2019.

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