JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS
Published — Saturday 19 January 2013
Last update 19 January 2013 4:41 pm
Licenses for women to operate beauty salons will be issued soon to Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC). This was said by Fawzia Al-Harbi, director of Public Relations and Information for Technical Training for Girls at the TVTC.
Al-Harbi said the special licenses will be granted under conditions determined by the relevant authorities.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mounira Alulola, Deputy Governor of Technical Training for Girls, has rejected claims that there is no training for TVTC students in the mornings and evenings.
“The TVTC is keen to constantly provide their students with all the necessary raw materials including cosmetics and sewing materials,” Alulola said.
She added that many businesswomen are now welcoming women workers at their companies. Alulola said she recently attended a meeting at the TVTC headquarters in Riyadh with women journalists, where she called on the State and parents to provide support for technical and vocational training for the country’s young girls and women. She said there is a reluctance among some members of society to educate girls and women.
She said many graduates are forced to stay at home because their guardians prevent them from working or because the community does not accept their careers.
She said TVTC students undergo practical workplace training during the first years at the college, so that parents become accustomed to them working. This prevents parents from forcing students to stay at home after graduation.
She said the aim of the training is to ensure Saudi women are employed in the country.
She said there is a need to change the perception that vocational and manual work is inferior to other types of work. It is one of the main obstacles facing the TVTC and its students.
In the same vein, Lulwa Al-Harthy, the Dean of the College of Technology, said that the biggest challenge facing graduates and investors is to get finance to open their own businesses.
“The media is an important tool to educate the community about the importance of technical and vocational training, to provide training opportunities for Saudi women in new and different disciplines that are required in the labor market,” added Al-Harbi.
She said that many women focus on careers in education and health and ignore technical jobs such as sewing, design and work in the beauty industry.
She presented statistics that revealed there are 5,000 factories with 600,000 mostly men workers. Women form only 2 percent of this workforce.
Alulola pointed out that the private sector in the Kingdom employs about eight million workers with a Saudization ratio of about 2 percent. She said there are 36,000 non-Saudi women working in the public sector and many in the private sector.
Al-Harbi said that 5.6 million Saudi women have reached the working age, which is 15 years or more. There are now 319,000 unemployed women.
Al-Harbi indicted that admissions have opened for the third phase of the scholarship program. A total of 102 students participated in the foreign scholarship program, with the first batch expected to graduate next year.
Alulola confirmed that all scholarship students will be getting jobs through training at colleges spread across the kingdom. The colleges have a total of 18 faculties.