Abdulla Al Balushi recently completed his BSc (Hons) Health, Safety & Environmental Management with an excellent score from The International College of Engineering and Management (ICEM) which is affiliated to University of Central Lancashire.
As Abdulla proudly holds his Bachelor’s Degree Certificate, he travelled down his memory line and narrated his inspiring story of climbing the professional ladder from his humble beginnings as a driver in TOCO.
“My journey started with TOCO in 2002 as a Light Driver. Later in 2005, I got an opportunity to join the HSE department as an HSE trainee. During that period, I have been attending various professional courses on HSE as I continued working on my day job as an HSE Advisor.
My aspirations did not let me settle with what I already achieved so far. In 2017, I requested TOCO management to support my further academic studies. Thanks to TOCO as the request was swiftly approved and I started attending the BSc programme as a full-time student. I completed the course in four years and graduated with honours in 2021. The entire cost of my studies was borne by TOCO who also paid me salaries while I was away from work and attending the course. After the completion of my degree, I am now back at work to serve as Dy HSE Manager in SWL Oilfield Construction project.
I look forward to continuing my learning and growing with TOCO and will aim to become a part of the Senior Management Team in future. TOCO has been extremely supportive and encouraging and without a doubt I consider myself as fortunate to be working for an organisation which puts employees, their development and welfare, first!”
Part of his ongoing development plan, Abdulla is presently tasked with going around all our sites to understand the wider HSE obligations across the business.
Commenting on Abdulla’s achievement, Mark Dean, General Manager, said that “Omani employees are encouraged to come forward to express interest and commit themselves for progression and career development. All such requests will be duly reviewed and processed”.
TOCO is at the forefront when it comes to development of Omani nationals. We have demonstrated our strong commitment in developing a skilled technical pool of Omani workforce by training hundreds of Omani nationals as welders, fitters and other technical trades. We are focused on building career paths for Omani nationals so that they can occupy managerial roles within TOCO through training and development.