Project to train Saudi contractors

Updated 18 December 2014

Project to train Saudi contractors

The Saudi Basic Industries Corporation has launched a nonprofit national project under the name “SABIC project for Saudization of contractors’ jobs in Jubail and Yanbu industrial cities” as a national contribution to the training and employment of Saudi youth in technical jobs available at the company and its sub-companies in Riyadh, Jubail and Yanbu.
There are more than 5,000 jobs in various fields and the participating members in the projects are SABIC as the supervisory and administrative authority, the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu (RCJY) represented by the colleges and institutes sector as a training academy to provide specially tailored programs to meet contracting companies’ future requirements of manpower and the Human Resources Development Fund as a financial supporter for the project in terms of training costs and trainees’ monthly stipends until graduation.
The project is a training program spaced out in three phases ending with the hiring of contractors for companies.
The first phase comprises teaching of the English language, work ethics and safety basics. The second phase consists of technical training while the third phase involves vocational training for the job with contractors working in one of the related companies.
A number of specialists in the industrial labor market in Jubail said that the Saudization program will enable the industry to flourish.
They said that Jubail Industrial City offers the most job opportunities for aspiring Saudi youth through companies of the industrial sector such as SABIC and other private sector companies in basic industries such as Saudi International Petrochemical Company (Sipchem), the National Industrialization Company (Tasnee), Sahara Petrochemicals, Saudi Chevron, Advanced Petrochemical Company, Farabi Petrochemicals Company and others. In addition, there are job opportunities offered by the new industrial area in Ras Al-Khair that is supervised by the Royal Commission and operated by the commission and Maaden Company.
Specialists in human resources in the industrial sector in Jubail said that the Royal Commission’s colleges and institutes prepare trainees for the industrial market.
Ali Al-Zaied, director of human resources in Takamul Economical Solution Company, said that the reason for the failure of industrial companies to receive young graduates is their lack of sufficient training that prepares them to work in the industrial sector. “Most educational institutes need to work on modifying and developing their curricula and focus on creating artistic and technical workshops in order to produce graduates suitable for the industrial labor market,” he said.

Tanween festival: Seeking the unusual? You’ll find it at Ithra

The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), which organized the Tanween festival, is a creative feat in itself. (AN photo by Ziyad Alarfaj)
Updated 15 October 2018

Tanween festival: Seeking the unusual? You’ll find it at Ithra

  • Tanween encourages people to see something in a new way, try something they had not done before and explore their relationship to disruption

DHAHRAN: “Beyond Unconventional” is the subtitle of Ithra’s first Tanween creativity festival, and it is true to its word from what the Arab News team witnessed on its opening weekend at Saudi Aramco’s King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, aka Ithra, in Dhahran.

Running from Oct. 11 to 27 with talks, workshops, performances and installations, the three weeks are divided into themes: this week is “Humanities’ Response to Disruption,” in art, science and technology; the second week is “Manufacturing and Communication,” including disruptive technologies such as AI and big data; the third and final week is “Fashion Technology/Adventures in Disruption.” Curating this year’s festival is Robert Frith, the creative director of Ithra’s Idea Lab, who has worked as head of exhibitions at Christie’s and as a senior exhibition designer at the British Museum.

As it says in the program: “Tanween encourages people to see something in a new way, try something they had not done before and explore their relationship to disruption.” Many of the installations and speakers addressed the theme of disruption, including Adam Savage, who visited Saudi Arabia for the first time.


Heart Catherization

Abdullah Al-Othman

One doesn’t need to visit Ithra to experience Tanween. Saudi artist Abdullah Al-Othman wrapped a building in Al-Khobar entirely in tinfoil “in a symbolic gesture to its frozen state, making a statement about the absurdity of thinking that the cycle of change could ever be stopped.” We found it driving through the narrow streets near the Corniche, glinting in the sunlight, mosque-goers passing it by with barely a raised eyebrow.

Silent Fall

Studio Swine 

Founded by Japanese architect Azusa Murakami and British artist Alexander Groves, it presents an “interactive intallation and multi sensory experience” consisting of “delicate mist-filled blossoms that disappear on contact with skin and surfaces.” It’s like a waterfall of durable white bubbles continuously falling from above making random patterns as they slowly drift down. Likely to be one of the festival’s Instagram hits.

The Drifter

Dutch Studio Drift

A block of what looks like concrete floats slowly along “a controlled 3D path.” “The Drifter creates a performance in its space, calling on the viewer to reconsider the relationship with our living environment, which is often accepted as static and lifeless,” the creators Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta said. There was nothing static or lifeless as visitors here laughed in delight as they pretended to lift it.


• AN photos by Ziyad Alarfaj