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The programme, managed through Abu Dhabi University Knowledge Group (ADUKG) as GP Strategies’ exclusive MENA partner, is the company’s first in Oman. It will see the firm work alongside Orpic to develop leadership and management skills to prepare high-potential employees for senior leadership roles.


This unique programme has been created by GP Strategies’ team of programme designers to closely align with Orpic’s vision, and will be delivered by a team of highly-experienced facilitators. The programme will initially see two groups of 20 Omani participants each undertake a bespoke, internationally-benchmarked course that will lead to a GP Strategies certification, alongside an accredited award from the UK’s Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

Participants will engage with a customised series of modules focused on aspects such as “The Foundations of Leadership” and “Managing Performance”. They will develop skills in areas such as communication, coaching and strategy, and will consider their personal leadership style through a unique blend of training approaches. Modules are closely mapped to the renowned “Leading People ” programme, an approach that has been proven with hundreds of global companies.

“We are delighted to be working with Orpic on this crucial project. As one of Oman’s most high-profile and important businesses, it is a great responsibility to contribute our leadership development expertise to help grow their next generation of Omani talent. We look forward to working with them over the long-term and demonstrating the exceptional outcomes of our proven methodology and approach,” said Dr. Ahmad Badr, CEO of ADUKG.
Ali Al Mahruqi, Training Centre Manager – Orpic, added: “Orpic believes in bringing the potential of its people alive in order to ensure that their skills and abilities are further enhanced to meet the company’s standards. We firmly believe that through this programme we can nurture and develop future leaders who will spearhead Oman’s progress and success.

“Orpic is currently undergoing transformation with three strategic growth projects (Sohar Refinery Improvement Project, Muscat Sohar Product Pipeline, Liwa Plastics Industries Complex) which will enable not just more opportunities but will firmly place Orpic as a leading player in the global refining and petrochemicals sector. It will also help attract, retain and develop local talent,” Al Mahruqi concluded.

The initial project kick-off at Orpic’s Sohar office provided participants with an overview of what to expect from this cutting-edge programme, as well as setting initial pre-programme work and a leadership skills assessment. The two initial groups will now begin the programme in the next few weeks – the first on 31 July, and the second on 7 August - with courses running until the end of September. Further groups of participants will be starting the programme throughout the rest of 2016.