RIYADH: The Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation has started interviewing 130 female applicants for an air traffic control course, the Saudi Press Agency reported.
The students are the second batch of applicants to the program, which upon completion will be hired as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS), is part of an ambitious program to create more jobs for Saudi women.
Head of the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation, Fahd Al-Harbi, said in statement quoted by SPA that joint committees have received the female applicants in the cities of Jeddah and Riyadh.
The applicants underwent admission tests and interviews, and based on the results and the grades they score, candidates will be selected to join the program.
Al-Harbi said the Diploma of Air Traffic Control takes a full academic year.
The graduates of the course will get the Saudi Air Traffic Control Academy diploma and will be hired by SANS to work at its air traffic control centers.
The course involves the studying of 13 subjects, including physics, mathematics, aviation language, basic aerodynamic training and tower control.