HISTORY

Al Ahlam Training Services was set up in 2002 by Kate Clarke. Born and educated in the UK, Kate had spent over 10 years in the education and training field in Oman when she decided to form her own company to advise students on English language study in the UK. Holding a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification, and with language teaching experience at National Training Institute and the British Council, Kate understood the unique needs of Omani students trying to acquire proficiency in English and she quickly established links with a network of language schools throughout the UK.

Increasingly, she discovered that many students were learning English in order to proceed to higher studies and in 2005 she obtained a licence from the Oman Ministry of Higher Education to operate a Higher Education Services company. Drawing on her experiences as a Lecturer at Muscat College, Kate was able to identify the major challenges that face students on degree programmes and she devised briefing and counseling sessions that would address the concerns of students preparing to move abroad.

Initially intending to specialize in UK education, Kate later decided to extend the Al Ahlam portfolio to include study in Ireland (where she was born).

Since then, Al Ahlam has placed many hundreds of students at a variety of language schools, colleges and universities in the UK and Ireland. There are no signs of this slowing down, the UK in particular remains the No. 1 country of choice for Omani students looking for overseas education.