Bahri concludes summer training program

The program ran from July 8 until Aug. 2.
Updated 09 August 2018

Bahri concludes summer training program

Bahri, a global leader in logistics and transportation, has successfully completed the first edition of SAIFI, a summer training program for undergraduates in the Kingdom.
Aimed at training and developing practical skills among the country’s youth, the four-week internship program ran from July 8 until Aug. 2, with 15 male and female undergraduates participating.
Allowing the participants the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the various aspects of the company’s operations and the maritime industry in general, the first edition of the program saw the students receive practical training while working within the company’s different business and functional units, including human resources, information technology, finance and accounting, corporate communications, sales, administrative affairs, and operations.
The program was launched jointly by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development and the Human Resources Development Fund.
Hisham Alkhaldi, senior vice president for human resources and corporate communications, said: “Bahri’s human resources department has a long-term strategy in place to support Saudization and boost the economic contribution of the national workforce through training and internship programs with universities and institutes that increase the employability of local talents.
“The SAIFI program is aimed at introducing university students to the work environment and preparing them to enter the market. The Bahri talent management team established a four-week training program where trainees were briefed on all aspects of Bahri’s operations and were assigned a number of tasks and responsibilities as part of the learning experience.
“We are committed to supporting Bahri’s growth and enabling it to achieve its long-term vision. To this end, we are also working hard to empower women and enable their inclusion in various fields, in addition to supporting Saudi youth to explore career opportunities in the maritime sector and helping them develop their technical skills. Bahri also assigns great importance to support Saudization among national companies. In fact, 69 percent of our employees at Bahri are Saudi nationals,” Alkhaldi added.
Alkhaldi thanked the trainees for their commitment to successfully completing the SAIFI program, stressing that the program offered an excellent opportunity to share experiences and expertise for the common good of the nation and the industry.
One of the trainees, Ali Asiri, said: “I have had a very good training experience at Bahri. I gained a lot of experience, took on many new responsibilities and learned about the various aspects of social media such as creating and publishing content for different platforms as well as media and visual selection. I’ve also had the opportunity to enhance personal skills such as photography.”

DHL KSA ‘best place to work’ in Saudi Arabia

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DHL KSA ‘best place to work’ in Saudi Arabia

DHL Saudi Arabia has been recognized as the “best place to work” in Saudi Arabia in 2018 by a survey undertaken by the American Institute “Best Places to Work.” The initiative conducts surveys that collect employee-provided information on companies in 60 countries around the world and then evaluates them on a country-by-country basis. 

What makes this achievement outstanding is that DHL was ranked first among other top companies that were awarded the “Best Places to Work” certification.

“This recognition is not just an award but a testament to employee satisfaction at DHL Saudi Arabia,” said Faysal El-Hajjami, country general manager. “We are very proud to be named as the ‘best place to work’ in Saudi Arabia, especially as it is based on the assessments of our own workforce in comparison with others in the Kingdom.”

El-Hajjami said the award is a reflection of the efforts put into DHL Arabia’s strategic plan to become the “employer of choice” in Saudi Arabia through the implementation of a well-structured motivation program designed to empower employees and engage their hearts and minds in providing extraordinary service to its customers at every step of the supply chain.

Participating companies agree to conduct the Employee Engagement and Satisfaction survey that asks 36 questions across eight areas, including leadership, compensation and benefits, corporate social responsibility, employee engagement, personal growth, HR practices and the workplace. The HR assessment presents 154 questions across six categories, including information about the company, HR practices, personal growth, engagement, well-being and leadership. 

The initiative provides companies an opportunity to learn more about the engagement and satisfaction of their employees while ultimately celebrating companies whose employees say they are engaged in their work and feel connected to their place of employment.

DHL is a leading global brand in the logistics industry. Its portfolio of services include national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport, and industrial supply chain management. “With about 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows,” a press statement said. 

The “Best Places To Work” program certifies and recognizes leading workplaces in many countries including leading programs in Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia. The program focuses on eight workplace factors including workplace culture, opportunities for growth and overall employee satisfaction with the company’s people practices. An HR audit is also conducted to examine HR practices within the organization.