Nestle course success for Saudi graduates

Updated 29 August 2013
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Nestle course success for Saudi graduates

Ten young Saudi women, recent graduates in science disciplines from Saudi universities, recently completed an intensive four-week skills development and alignment program with the Nestle Center of Excellence — Nutrition Development Program.
The graduates, in the fields of pharmacology, biology and chemistry, enrolled onto the program that both focused on the subject of infant nutrition and of important supplementary skills that aimed to develop commercial and technical skills useful in the company environment.
Roger Meguerdichian Nestle, country manager for Saudi Arabia, was very optimistic about the results of the project.
“We had a high quality of candidates applying for and completing the program, and we were able to build on both their knowledge and aptitude and equip them with essential commercial skills required in today’s marketplace,” he said.
“These young women I am sure will turn out to be model corporate citizens, one of our core aims, and make a valuable contribution to both the people they will interact with and the company they represent.”
The innovative course included “soft” skills as well as the core area of infant nutrition. The program featured public and one-to-one presentation skills, as well as training on the ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ and business etiquette.
“Communicating efficiently and effectively and in a way familiar to both business and individual clients is central to building relationships and business,” said Meguerdichian. “I feel we have something of a success story here in these very capable young ladies.”
The program, which began on June 8 and concluded July 3, included trainees practicing the role of a medical delegate as part of on the job experience, which saw them making field visits to doctors in hospitals, clinics and medical centers.
The trainees received their graduating certificates on July 3.
Nestle Saudi will be offering job opportunities to around 40 percent of the participants of the Nutrition Development Program. The positions and role of the new employees will focus mainly in the field of nutrition.
“The balance of the graduates will be valuable additions to any commercial organization they join and we are proud to have made an additional small contribution to the promising female workforce in Saudi Arabia as part of our commitment to the kingdom and our belief in its future” Meguerdichian added.


Labor ministry partners with Al-Nahdi to train Saudis

Updated 26 April 2018
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Labor ministry partners with Al-Nahdi to train Saudis

The Makkah region branch of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) has signed a nationalization agreement for the Saudi pharmacies sector with Al-Nahdi Medical Company.

The agreement covers preparing and qualifying young Saudi men and women for the labor market, by providing training programs offered by Al-Nahdi Medical Company at their school, Al-Nahdi Academy.

The signing ceremony was held in the presence of Abdallah bin Ahmed Al-Tawi, director of the Makkah region branch of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, and Youssef Al-Harthi, who attended on behalf of Al-Nahdi Medical Company’s CEO Yasser Jawhergi.

The agreement comes under Al-Nahdi’s strategy, which is in line with the Saudi Vision 2030. Al-Nahdi aims to expand its community-health services in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and Social Development. The company said it also aims to activate the role of the private sector in supporting Saudization programs, while creating real and sustainable opportunities for the Saudi youth to play an important role in the cultural and societal progress that the Kingdom is witnessing.

Al-Tawi said the initiative aims to enforce related decisions and programs that empower the Saudi youth to embark on their careers and enhance public-private partnerships.

“Through this agreement with Al-Nahdi company, we also seek the nationalization of the private sector in the different regions of the Kingdom, along with increasing the percentage of the national working force in the labor market by enabling effective partnerships with the private sector,” he said.

Jawahergi highlighted the importance of the agreement in light of the Kingdom’s road to national transformation. “We are committed to creating a sustainable and advantageous work environment for our citizens and society. Our goal is to achieve a real partnership between the public and private sectors, in order to support the Saudi youth of both genders, and create new nationalization opportunities,” he said.

Jawahergi added: “This initiative is considered to be one of the most important initiatives in line with the Saudi Vision 2030, as it establishes an effective and real partnership between the members of our society.”

Al-Nahdi is a Saudi retail pharmacy chain that was founded by Sheikh Abdullah Amer Al-Nahdi in 1986 as a sole proprietorship.