Starbucks launches youth training programs

Updated 03 September 2018

Starbucks launches youth training programs

Starbucks has launched the second series of its “Opportunity Café” and “Pathway to a Job” programs in partnership with Education for Employment (EFE). The programs are part of the company’s support for Saudi Vision 2030, and follow the success of the first series.
The two programs aim to empower male and female Saudi students and job seekers, helping them make valuable contributions to their communities and the Saudi economy.
“Opportunity Café” is designed to teach young Saudis the soft skills that are essential for employability today. In addition to offering professional skill-building workshops on employability, the program addresses the key challenges youth face regarding employment — from making professional CVs to giving interviews, along with other skills and tools that help the youth kickstart their careers with confidence. The training is given by highly qualified labor market professionals in an appropriate learning environment that helps prepare the young to become potential leaders in the business sector. “Opportunity Café” will be launched at Starbucks cafes in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam on Sept. 25. Interested candidates can apply through Starbucks KSA website
“Pathway to a Job” is aimed at helping Saudi youth fast track their careers into the service sector. Centered on youth awareness and development, the program offers focused training and workshops to help university students hone their skills for their first job in the real world. The program will be launched in a number of universities across the Kingdom on Oct. 9.
“We are pleased with the launch of the ‘Opportunity Café’ and ‘Pathway to a Job’ programs in partnership with EFE for the second time running,” said Rana Shaheen, regional communications and CSR manager, Starbucks Middle East. “The first series was a great success, with 161 young Saudis attending 19 workshops around the Kingdom.”
Amr Abdallah, director of Gulf programs at EFE-Global, said: “EFE and Starbucks Saudi Arabia deliver training programs that serve as models in the Saudi market. We are proud of the success of the first series of ‘Opportunity Café’ and ‘Pathway to a Job’ programs as we seek to empower Saudi youth so they can serve the community and advance the economy in line with Saudi Vision 2030.”

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

Updated 23 September 2018

VFS Global opens visa application center in Riyadh

VFS Global, the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for diplomatic missions, has announced the opening of a UK visa application center in Riyadh, close to the diplomatic quarter.

VFS Global said the new center, which will serve travelers to the UK and Australia, is equipped to handle more visa applicants conveniently with increased seating capacity and ample parking space, while also offering ancillary travel services within the premises for a seamless customer experience.

Officially inaugurating the center, Ambassador of the UK to Saudi Arabia Simon Collis said: “‘Our customers in Saudi Arabia are extremely important to us, and we continually look for new and innovative ways to improve the visa service we offer, both to Saudi nationals and local residents. We offer an excellent visa service for those who choose to apply for a UK visa. 

For Saudi nationals, the average processing time for non-settlement visas is less than five days. Whether speed, convenience or comfort is the priority, we hope that this new VAC — and indeed the visa services available across the whole of Saudi Arabia — provide our customers with a Great British welcome from the very start of their journey to the UK.”

The new center is located at 2591, Al-Hada District, besides Courtyard Marriott Hotel and close to Ritz Carlton, Riyadh. Visa applicants to the UK and Australia can access details on visa application procedures at

Located on the Makkah Road, the center is also well-connected to the city center and other neighboring towns.

Vinay Malhotra, regional group COO for Middle East, South Asia and China, VFS Global, said: “The new standalone center has been designed with a view to provide a comprehensive experience to applicants in terms of visa processing and accessing necessary travel services under one canopy. The UK continues to remain a popular destination for tourism, business and student visitors from Saudi Arabia. The latest visa figures show that over 130,000 Saudi nationals were issued a UK visa in the last year.We are confident that the new center for the UK and Australia visa applicants will provide enhanced convenience and ensure customer delight.”

Managed by professionals, the center also offers the comfort of a Premium Lounge for more personalized service as optional service.