Vocational training takes off



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Published — Monday 2 September 2013

Last update 4 September 2013 9:16 am

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The state-owned Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has enrolled more than 100,000 young Saudi boys and girls for vocational training as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce dependence on foreign workers.
On completion of the training programs, these graduates will be absorbed by public and private sector organizations operating in different sectors across the Kingdom.
Giving an overview of the TVTC’s growing operation and its newly opened training facilities in the Kingdom, Gov. Ali bin Nasser Al-Ghafis said the corporation was committed to providing training and job opportunities to its citizens and to develop a public-private partnership initiative to accomplish the goals of nationalization of the work force.
“These male and female trainees have joined training programs at the TVTC facilities in different parts of the Kingdom, as the new training year began last Sunday,” said Al-Ghafis.
He thanked Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, government agencies and private companies that have lent support to the TVTC in executing the training programs.
Al-Ghafis said the current academic year has seen the launch of several new technical college projects. The move, he said, is primarily designed to raise the enrollment capacity and upgrade training programs with the aim of ensuring employment of Saudi boys and girls.
In fact, the TVTC has set up 10 colleges of excellence, which will be operational this year.
“The establishment of these colleges and several other colleges of technology, including special exclusive institutes for girls, comes as the Kingdom’s answer to expand and reform the training system,” said Gov. Al-Ghafis, predicting a cumulative enrollment of over 450,000 students by 2020 at TVTC facilities.
He pointed out that new training facilities have been opened in different provinces, where a variety of technical specialties, such as automobile training, office management, accountancy, multimedia and computer (technical support) are being taught. Several other vocational training courses include networking, electronics, food production technology, fabrication and designing.
Al-Ghafis said that the training programs focus on laying a “firm foundation” that will encourage Saudi students to make a lifelong commitment to learning and developing their career paths.
He said: “One of the key developmental projects to be implemented by the TVTC in the coming year is the introduction of bachelor degree program in three technical colleges.”
He pointed out that the English Language Program (ELP) has also been introduced in a number of colleges in Jazan, Najran, Baha, Tabuk, Jouf, Northern Border, Buraida, and Ahsa.
The program is meant to improve trainees’ linguistic skills and to master the English language, which is being widely used in the Kingdom and across the world.

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