Alshaya supports Saudization goals

Alshaya’s portfolio of global retail brands includes Debenhams, a British multinational retailer operating under a department store format.
Updated 08 September 2018
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Alshaya supports Saudization goals

In support of Saudi Vision 2030, and its related call for diversification of youth employment opportunities in the Saudi private sector, Alshaya International Trading Company, a leading international franchise operator, has this week announced excellent progress in the hiring of Saudi retail staff in all customer-facing roles.

Following the government’s announcement of further nationalization targets early in 2018, Alshaya has delivered a compelling recruitment campaign designed to showcase the opportunities of a career in the fast-growing retail sector. 

Over 3,250 successful applicants have been offered roles within Alshaya’s portfolio of leading global retail brands, which includes Mothercare, Debenhams, H&M, American Eagle Outfitters, Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, Starbucks, West Elm and Vision Express. 

The company said in a statement that Alshaya strongly supports the creation of private sector employment and learning opportunities for young Arabs across the region, and that it has supported Saudi nationalization initiatives for many years as the retail sector has evolved. 

“We have worked in close cooperation with the Ministry of Labor over recent months to support the latest government targets and are delighted with the progress we are making in attracting Saudi nationals to our business. 

We have been very impressed with the caliber of talent and the passion for development that candidates have demonstrated,” said Faisal Alshaya, general manager, Alshaya International Trading Company.

The company’s current recruitment drive in the Kingdom builds on its existing success in employing Saudi nationals — over 5,000 Saudis now work for the company.

Alshaya has supported their development through dedicated retail academies in Riyadh at the Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, in Jeddah and Dammam, as well as through learning programs and knowledge transfer, which is helping aspirational Saudi men and women develop new skills and grow their career with the company. 

Saudi nationals who want to pursue a career with Alshaya can discover more by visiting www.careers.alshaya.com/ksa-nationalization 

Alshaya International Trading Co. is a leading international franchise operator of some of the world’s most recognized retail brands including Starbucks, H&M, Mothercare, Debenhams, American Eagle Outfitters, P.F. Chang’s, The Cheesecake Factory, Victoria’s Secret, Boots and Pottery Barn. 

The company operates stores across diverse customer sectors: Fashion and footwear, health and beauty, food, optics, pharmacy and home furnishings.


Ascott spearheads Saudi recruitment drive

Updated 18 June 2019
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Ascott spearheads Saudi recruitment drive

The Ascott Limited is developing its training program across the group’s properties in Jeddah, whereby high-achieving Saudi nationals are trained in the array of skills needed to succeed in top managerial positions within the Kingdom’s burgeoning hospitality sector. 

To be eligible to join Ascott’s Saudi Graduate Program, Saudi graduates must have at least a bachelor’s degree with honors and be willing to learn and develop their career within an international group. The program comprises theory and practical training across all departments and is followed by overseas training in one of Ascott’s properties.

“We’re in the midst of an exciting period of growth in Saudi Arabia,” said Vincent Miccolis, Ascott’s regional GM for the Middle East, Africa, Turkey and India. “The Kingdom’s tourism industry is growing at an exponential rate and is creating many new jobs within the hospitality sector. We launched Ascott’s Saudi Graduate Program in line with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage to promote, nurture and develop this valuable homegrown pool of young talent and offer successful individuals a dynamic career path within the Ascott group.

“In just a short amount of time the program has made a significant impact. Our turnover ratio of Saudi colleagues has fallen from 58 percent in 2016 to less than 15 percent to date in 2019; staff loyalty has been positively affected and guest satisfaction levels have increased. What’s more, Ascott Sari Jeddah was recently named as Saudi Arabia’s Leading Serviced Apartments 2019 for the second consecutive year in the annual World Travel Awards.

“We are also proud to announce that one of our current trainees who will shortly take on the running of a property, is female. A key element of Saudi Vision 2030 is job diversification and women’s access to the employment market, and at Ascott we are committed to playing an active role in making this a reality,” added Miccolis.

From on-the-job training in housekeeping, handling reservations, checking-in and checking-out procedures and managing VIP guests, Ascott’s graduates must master the day-to-day facets of how to run an international-standard serviced residence, in addition to behind-the-scenes essentials such as HR, sales and marketing, finance and procurement. 

While the Saudi Graduate Program is currently available only within Ascott’s Jeddah cluster of properties, plans are in the pipeline to roll out the scheme to all of the group’s residences in the Kingdom, including Riyadh, Alkhobar and Abha.

Ascott’s Jeddah properties include Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Ascott Sari Jeddah, Citadines Al-Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah.

The Ascott Limited is a Singapore company that has grown to be one of the leading international lodging owner-operators. It has more than 58,000 operating units in key cities of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as over 42,000 units, which are under development, making a total of more than 100,000 units in over 660 properties.