Technical and Vocational Training Corporation to provide training in aircraft maintenance for Saudis

Saudi men attend a technical education evening class at an electrical workshop as part of a pioneering programme for extending skills in Riyadh, in this May 2, 2017 file photo. (AFP)
Updated 02 April 2018

Technical and Vocational Training Corporation to provide training in aircraft maintenance for Saudis

RIYADH: The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) and the Ministry of National Guard on Sunday signed a training agreement to benefit from the aircraft maintenance programs offered at the International Aviation Technical College, one of TVTC’s colleges, and to provide the National Guard with qualified experts, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The agreement was co-signed by TVTC Gov. Ahmed bin Fahad Al- Fahaid and Military Chief Lieut. Gen. Mohammad Al-Nahid.
Under the agreement, TVTC will provide training to students from the Ministry of National Guard at the International Aviation Technical College. This includes training 50 students in the basic aircraft maintenance course, B1, and 50 in the basic aircraft maintenance course, B2 Avionics.
TVTC will also provide incentive bonuses to trainees enrolled in the college.
For its part, the Ministry of National Guard will attract at least 100 students per year and complete their admissions as military students according to the regulations approved by the ministry and the standards adopted by the international operator.
The International Aviation Technical College (IATC) in Riyadh was founded by TVTC. TVTC operates it in partnership with the Aviation Australia College.
IATC is part of an international training package launched by TVTC in partnership with international technical colleges to provide specialized world-class training programs.
The college offers two main programs: The General Authority of Civil Aviation Program for graduates seeking to work as aviation maintenance engineers and the European Aviation Safety Agency Curriculum in Mechanical and Avionics.
It also offers training in the field of aircraft maintenance, which provides students with hands-on experience that helps them understand the complexities of avionics and of maintaining and exploring aircraft systems and engines.
The college can train up to 2,500 students. After graduation, these students obtain a diploma and a license to practice aircraft maintenance.
TVTC had signed several agreements with government agencies to cooperate in training and technical fields and to exchange experiences.
It has also signed agreements in several fields, including information technologies, in addition to agreements that strengthen its partnership with the private sector.

Motorsport, rock bands, tourists … welcome to the new Saudi Arabia

There was an explosion of joy at the podium when Antonio Felix da Costa lifted the winner’s trophy at the conclusion of the Formula E Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix on Saturday. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 16 December 2018

Motorsport, rock bands, tourists … welcome to the new Saudi Arabia

  • Three-day event at Ad Diriyah reaches spectacular climax in an unprecedented spirit of openness

AD DIRIYAH: The driver with the winner’s trophy was Antonio Felix da Costa — but the real winners were Saudi Arabia itself, and more than 1,000 tourists visiting the country for the first time.

Da Costa, the Andretti Motorsport driver, won the Formula E Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in front of thousands of race fans at a custom-built track in the historic district on the outskirts of Riyadh.

But in truth, the event was about much more than high-tech electric cars hurtling round a race track — thrilling though that was. The three-day festival of motorsport, culture and entertainment was Saudi Arabia’s chance to prove that it can put on a show to rival anything in the world, and which only two years ago would have been unthinkable.

The event was also the first to be linked to the Sharek electronic visa system, allowing foreigners other than pilgrims or business visitors to come to Saudi Arabia.

Jason, from the US, is spending a week in the country with his German wife, riding quad bikes in the desert and visiting heritage sites. “I’ve always wanted to come for many, many years ... I’m so happy to be here and that they’re letting us be here,” he said.

Aaron, 40, a software engineer, traveled from New York for two days. “Saudi Arabia has always been an exotic place ... and I didn’t think I’d ever be able to come here,” he said.

About 1,000 visitors used the Sharek visa, a fraction of what Saudi Arabia aims eventually to attract. 

“Hopefully we will learn from this and see what we need to do for the future, but I can tell you from now that there is a lot of demand,” said Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, vice chairman of the General Sports Authority.

His optimism was backed by Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive of the Russian Direct Investment Fund and a visitor to Ad Diriyah. “Such events will attract tourists and are a true celebration for young Saudis who desire a bright future,” he said.

“The vision of moderate Islam, promoted by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is important both for the region and the entire world, and its realization needs to be appreciated, respected and supported.”

The event ended on Saturday night with a spectacular show by US band OneRepublic and the superstar DJ David Guetta. “Just when you think things can’t get better, they suddenly do,” said concertgoer Saleh Saud. “This is the new Saudi Arabia, and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.”