RIYADH: Forty young Saudi men have entered the Saudi Technical Institute for Railways to undergo specialized training in railway operations and maintenance.
Chairman of the Public Transport Authority (PTA), Rumaih Al-Rumaih, said: “The training is in preparation for them to work at the Riyadh Metro, also called the King Abdul Aziz Project for Public Transport in Riyadh.”
In the first year, the trainees will undergo training in a number of basic skills, including English language, computer skills and safety rules.
From there, they move to the stage of specialization and training on the job during the last six months of the training period in preparation of assuming jobs such as train engine driver, assistant driver and control managers.
Al-Rumaih said that the young Saudis’ training is within the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 and its initiative to staff a number of industries through the rehabilitation of Saudi youths in various technical disciplines.
He added that such training will contribute to creating a national cadre capable of operating and maintaining major state projects such as railways.