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Orpic bags five honours at 8th Asia's Best Employer Brand Awards

by Martin Menachery on Aug 9, 2017


Winners of the 8th Asia's Best Employer Brand Awards, which was held on 1 August 2017, in Sentosa, Singapore.
Winners of the 8th Asia's Best Employer Brand Awards, which was held on 1 August 2017, in Sentosa, Singapore.

Oman Oil Refineries and Petroleum Industries Company (Orpic) was felicitated with five top awards at the 8th Asia's Best Employer Brand Awards, which was held on 1 August 2017 in Sentosa, Singapore.

This prestigious event attracts more than 200 companies from Asia-Pacific region and over 400 senior HR leaders from the industry, in addition to top global brands across the industry.

Orpic was honoured to receive five top awards at a glittering ceremony on the categories of ‘Diversity Impact Award’, ‘Excellence in Training and development; Best Results-based Training Award’, ‘Best Leadership Development Programme for Workers Award’, ‘Excellence in Training and Development Award’, and ‘Best Education Management Programmes Award’.

Nofal Al Saidi, general manager, HRS, Orpic, said, “It is a great honour to receive five awards, which is a testament of our commitment and hard work towards our value to aim for a leading performance. Orpic has been putting constant efforts to attract, retain and develop its employees, while at the same time embarking on a number of regular training programmes and initiatives for both fresh graduates and employees throughout the year.”

Ali Al Mahruqi, manager, learning and development, Orpic, commented, “Our main goal is to ensure that we carry out the best learning and development programmes to bring the best potential of our people, paving the road to build Omani leaders for tomorrow.”

Saeed Al Hashmi, manager, HR strategy and talent acquisition (HRSTA), Orpic, said: “Ever since I was appointed on this role, the focus on our people has been given the top priority with clear commitment to attract the right talents through a number of campaigns, programmes and initiatives both locally and internationally”.

Orpic places a significant importance to the learning and development to its people. In 2016, each employee attended an average of four training courses, approximately 64 training hours per employee per year, which is higher than the recommended industry average of 32 hours.

To date, 14 Orpic employees are enrolled into diploma, degree and masters programmes both in local and international institutions. Orpic has a unique leadership programme called Arriyadah. This programme is aimed at developing deep leadership competencies for people. The programme is delivered by top-class global leadership training providers.

Apart from this, Orpic also has a unique programme designed for hi-potential employees called ‘Talents Development Programme’. This programme is aimed at developing leadership and management competencies, preparing talents for higher responsibilities and supporting the succession planning process. A total of 36 employees completed this programme in 2016, earning them a Level 5 CMI (Chartered Management Institute) qualification.

To meet Orpic strategic growth, every year, Orpic recruits about 150-300 fresh technical graduates. The trainees are put through a trainee development programme, which consists of six months classroom and six months on the job training. To date, 844 trainees have been successfully inducted into various plants across Orpic.

Started in 2014, the Orpic International Scholarship Programme is a nation-building initiative to recognise top talents and provide them with top class-education. Designed to prepare Oman’s most talented young people for personal and professional success, the programme takes them to some of the prestigious learning institutions around the world. To date, Orpic has 20 scholars in top schools around Europe, Canada and USA.

Hosted by Employer Branding Institute (EBI), the Asia’s Best Employer Brand Awards celebrate outstanding HR professionals, who are contributing to ‘talent management, talent development and talent innovation’, and are a part of the EBI across 36 Asian countries.


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