By Omar Al-Zobidy, Arab News Staff
Publication Date: 
Sun, 2001-11-11 03:00

RIYADH, 11 November — Efforts are under way to set new standards for technical and vocational training in the Kingdom. This was disclosed by Dr. Ali ibn Nasir Al-Ghafees, governor of the General Organization for Technical Education and Vocational Training.

Speaking to Arab News after attending the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the College of Telecommunications and Information Technology in Riyadh and the Swedish company Ericsson, Ghafees said specialized committees have been formed to draft the new regulations.

The MOU was signed by Dr. Muhammad Al-Owaid, principal of the college, and the director general of Ericsson.

Authorities will monitor the activities of all training centers in the Kingdom as per the newly set standards, he said, adding that the centers that fail to comply with the regulations will be closed down.

Ghafees said GOTEVOT would conclude an agreement with the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and the Manpower Development Fund under which the organization will help private companies train national cadres in various jobs.

In accordance with the MOU, Ericsson will offer training courses in telephone technology at the college, which will be linked to the company’s training centers.

Ericsson will also sponsor a number of Saudi engineers to train at the college for a one-year period.

Experts from the company will give lectures with the aim of improving the technical skills of the college’s staff, especially in telephone and mobile phone technology.

Syllabuses for the training courses will be upgraded and will be updated annually to incorporate new developments in the sector.

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