Heir Apparent opens career fair

April 02, 2013 - 2:44:34 am

The Heir Apparent H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani visiting a stall at the 6th edition of Qatar Career Fair 2013 at Qatar National Convention Center yesterday.

DOHA: Plenty of career opportunities for Qatari youth were promised by companies as the sixth Qatar Career Fair opened at the Qatar National Convention Centre yesterday.

The six-day recruitment fair, which has the theme, ‘Write the Next Chapter in Qatar’s Success’, was officially inaugurated by Heir Apparent H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.

The Heir Apparent went around the stalls put up by more than 140 exhibitors from the private and government sectors, from the fields of energy, communications, tourism, sports, media, health, banking and finance.

A fire alarm went off at QNCC a few minutes after the Heir Apparent and other officials had left the place, causing panic. All visitors and exhibitors were quickly evacuated from the building.

The situation returned to normal as soon as it was found to be a false alarm and the event was open to the public after 12 noon. The first day saw many expatriates visit the fair, despite the fact that it is meant to provide job opportunities exclusively to Qataris.

Exhibitors at Qatar Career Fair 2013 have been grouped into ‘villages’, and these companies will provide job opportunities, training and development programmes for Qatari students and graduates to help to meet the needs of the labour market.

The event is being organised by the Emiri Diwan, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar University and the Ministry of Labour.

“Qatar Foundation has many job, training and scholarship opportunities for young Qataris. We are looking forward for talented fresh graduates and experienced professionals as well,” Ghaniam Al Naimi, Director, Talent Sourcing and Development at Qatar Foundation, said on the sidelines of the career fair.

He said Qatar Foundation had recruited more than 150 Qataris as employees and trainees through last year’s fair, and there were 135 opportunities available under the graduate career development programme. The selected candidates are trained in 18 to 24 months. 

However, Al Naimi said, “the career development programme is more performance-based than time-based.” Visitors to Qatar Career Fair 2013 can submit their applications through a specially designed data entry system available at the Qatar Foundation booth. Qatar Airways, another major exhibitor, is seeking 140 Qatari youth interested in the aviation industry. It is also offering 80 graduate development opportunities and 150 scholarships.

“We are looking for Qataris who are interested in working in the aviation sector, especially to work at the Hamad International Airport,” said Kholode M Al Obaidli, Vice President, Nationalisation, Human Resources, Qatar Airways.

At present, 109 Qatari pilots are employed with Qatar Airways, besides a large number of engineers and professionals working for the administration, human resources and other departments.

Qatar Career Fair 2013 is also holding several workshop and lectures for students and graduates to develop their skills and abilities.  THE PENINSULA