Enabling a skilled workforce
As we enter new markets and businesses, helping build skills and capacity in the Saudi workforce is aligned with our long-term needs. It also benefits the Kingdom’s efforts to diversify the economy.
In 2017, we continued our support for national training academies whose goal is to create a globally competitive workforce. In 2017, 2,000 trainees graduated from 15 active training centers. Highlights from selected academies include:
- The National Construction Training Center: Expected to train and certify 2,000 Saudis over the next three years, the center commenced operations at a facility in Nariyah with an enrollment of more than 400 trainees
- The Maritime Academy: With a target enrollment of 1,450 trainees, the academy is planned to support the operation of the King Salman International Complex for Maritime Industries and Services
- The Saudi Arabian Drilling Academy: More than 200 trainees are enrolled in the core program and the first class of 94 is expected to graduate in mid-2018
- The National Power Academy: Developed in collaboration with the Saudi Electricity Company, KFUPM, and the Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC), the academy, with a capacity for 1,200 students, will confer specialized certifications and professional degrees for personnel to work in the energy sector
- The National Information Technology Academy: Designed to accommodate 1,000 trainees studying mobility, data analytics, and cloud computing, the academy is scheduled for a soft launch in 2018 with an initial enrollment of 100 students
- The Aviation Academy: With a capacity for 400, the academy opened with an initial enrollment of 150 trainees
Our STEMania Program aims to increase the interest of female students in the STEM fields. In 2017, the program reached nearly 900 students in the Eastern and Central province of the Kingdom.
We also continued our initiative to deliver seminars to help senior female university students prepare for their transition into the workplace. In 2017, we delivered 9 seminars for approximately 7,000 students. Overall, since the program’s inception in 2015, approximately 16,000 students have benefited from these seminars.