Fakeih: Saudis need to be employed in strategic jobs

Updated 18 May 2014
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Fakeih: Saudis need to be employed in strategic jobs

Labor Minister Adel Fakeih wants the private sector to hire more Saudis in strategic and technical positions.
The minister said he wants to change the mindset of some company owners who employ Saudis in jobs that are of little strategic importance.
He made the call in a statement on Wednesday after attending a function of the Al-Salam Aviation Company that inducted the first group of 33 Saudi technical trainees for F-15 aircraft at its headquarters at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh.
Fakeih also said it was acceptable for new entrepreneurs to only meet the minimum level of Saudization until they become established.
He commended the efforts of some private companies that have hired more Saudis than required under the Nitaqat system. He expressed confidence in the potential of Saudi youth given the right opportunities.
“Saudization will succeed through not only pressure and legislation, but also the efforts of businessmen and industrialists who are convinced of the enormity of the challenge of national unemployment,” the minister said.
He said it was up to the country's youth to accept tough and challenging jobs. “We want to highlight success stories involving young Saudis and we hope that the media will play their role in this regard,” Fakeih said in his speech.
Another speaker, Ibrahim Al-Moaiqel, director of the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), praised Al-Salam Company for training Saudis for strategic jobs and called on other companies in the private sector to do so.
Al-Moaiqel said the HRDF has been trying to make the youth aware of their duties and rights so that they can benefit from the fund's training and placement programs.
“Everyone, particularly the private sector, should work hard to make the Saudization program a success,” he said.
Muhammad Al-Fullata, chairman of the company's board of directors, said the firm is in the Platinum Zone of the Nitaqat system after achieving 54 percent Saudization. Out of 2,812 workers in the company, 1,531 are Saudi. It has trained 426 Saudis in specific fields, such as aircraft engine maintenance. The firm has also trained 367 engineers, he said.


GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

Updated 26 June 2019
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GEA and Misk launch ‘Entertainment Pioneers’ program

RIYADH: The General Authority for Entertainment (GEA) launched its “Entertainment Pioneers” program, in partnership with the Initiatives Center at the Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Foundation (Misk).

The program aims to prepare citizens, and especially fresh graduates, to work with the most renowned international companies in the field of entertainment, to gain experience, develop their skills in the field, and enable them to integrate this sector and contribute to its development and prosperity.

The program is part of GEA’s strategy to develop the sector of entertainment in accordance with the best international standards, and to provide it with qualified national competencies in this field, to meet the objectives of the Quality of Life program, a basic part of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.

The first stage of the program will kick off in collaboration with a leading American entertainment company that employs 44,000 people worldwide, and that has a record of more than 30,000 entertainment programs and 100 festivals, with its sales surpassing of 500 million tickets per year.

In addition, various international companies are participating in the event, in order to train Saudis in the tasks of planning, organization and management of entertainment programs and projects.

As part of its plans to develop and increase the size of local content in the entertainment sector, GEA is launching several other initiatives to train Saudi cadres develop their skills, and to integrate the job market especially in small and medium enterprises in the field of entertainment.

For registration a webpage was set on the link: https://misk.org.sa/fellowship/services/live-nation/