TVTC and Siemens bolster workforce development in line with Vision 2030

The collaboration agreement was signed by Ahmad Fahad Al-Fahaid, governor of TVTC, and Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG.
Updated 07 May 2017
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TVTC and Siemens bolster workforce development in line with Vision 2030

The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) in Saudi Arabia and Siemens signed a collaboration agreement to pioneer the implementation of a vocational education concept, introduce the Siemens Mechatronics curriculum to the Saudi Arabian education system and drive leadership excellence among vocational training managers in the Kingdom.
The collaboration agreement was signed by Ahmad Fahad Al-Fahaid, governor of TVTC, and Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG, in the presence of King Salman and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The collaboration agreement will pioneer the implementation of a vocational education concept, modelled around the German dual education system, and see Saudi students being trained in electrical, mechanical and business administration disciplines. Furthermore, Siemens will introduce its Mechatronics curriculum to the Saudi Arabian education system and cooperate with TVTC to drive leadership excellence among vocational training managers across the Kingdom.
Al-Fahaid said: “I strongly believe that the Saudi youth are our most valuable assets and their potential must be realized on the path to Vision 2030. With this agreement we are providing a platform through which they can hone their skills and be counted among tomorrow’s industrial leaders and experts. The collaboration with Siemens will contribute significantly toward developing the skill sets that are required by a diversified Saudi economy.”
Arja Talakar, CEO of Siemens Saudi Arabia, said: “The German dual education system combines theoretical, practical and on-the-job phases in an interwoven approach that provides graduates with a certified profession. Siemens has a proven track record in exporting and adapting this vocational education approach in several countries, and our courses are constantly being updated in a way that prepares young people for the challenges of digitalization.”
The MoU outlines the focus areas that will drive the strong partnership between TVTC and Siemens. Firstly, the strategic intent to jointly roll out the first phase of a vocational training concept, starting later this year, is very much aligned with the Kingdom’s goal to significantly increase the number of Saudi citizens that are enrolled in vocational training programs — from 104,000 to 950,000 by 2020.
Secondly, the imperative to diversify the Saudi economy presents an opportunity to pioneer the implementation of Siemens’ Mechatronics curriculum and prepare Saudi youth for the workplace of the future. Today, companies are increasingly deploying more complex manufacturing, transport, water and energy technologies to secure their competitiveness, drive efficiencies and address growing demand.


Hyundai Motor Park offers a day out for families

The custom-built track has obstacles/props simulating real-life scenarios, from paying for petrol to watching drive-in movies.
Updated 23 October 2018
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Hyundai Motor Park offers a day out for families

Women in Saudi Arabia are being encouraged to get behind the wheel at a series of fun, informative events being held over the next two months.

Hyundai Motor Park 2018 will enable females with driving licenses to test-drive one of five models on a custom-built track complete with obstacles/props simulating real-life scenarios, from paying for petrol to watching drive-in movies. 

Non-drivers, husbands, and children will also be catered to with food and entertainment.

“We hope Hyundai Motor Park 2018 will boost women’s confidence and enthusiasm about the prospect of being able to drive in Saudi Arabia,” said Mike Song, head of Hyundai Middle East and Africa.

“The fun, informative sessions have been designed to address some of the most common concerns among new and infrequent drivers, such as a fear of involvement in accidents.” 

The motor park will provide education about road safety and highlight some of the technological advances that are making motoring safer. It will include a driving track featuring props that mimic real-life situations on the road, but in a secure environment. During the test-drive, motorists will navigate activities such as ordering food at a drive-through restaurant, refueling at a gas station, and finding a parking space at a mall while avoiding common hazards such as abandoned trolleys. At the end of the session, they will park in front of a “drive-in” cinema and receive an individual evaluation of their driving, plus tips.

Five Hyundai models will be available to try out. A professional driving instructor will demonstrate the vehicles’ key features, then accompany each participant on a 20-minute test-drive of the vehicle of her choice. Women who have yet to obtain their driving licenses need not miss out on the experience. They will be invited to ride in the vehicle of their choice while an instructor leads them around the course.

Each participant will be introduced to pertinent road safety topics, such as hazard perception, parking, and basic defensive driving to avoid dangerous situations. 

Hyundai Motor Park 2018 offers fun for all the family, plus five food trucks. Children will learn about how cars work by building their own model engines; other entertainment will include quizzes, a giant game of Jenga, and a session on Korean handicrafts, a collaboration with Korea Tourism Organization. 

Hyundai Motor Park 2018 will take place in Dammam from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, in Riyadh from Nov. 14 to 17, and Jeddah from Dec. 17 to 20.